Originally Posted by NorCal
You don't think a 70 pound barking dog might have helped that situation? If nothing else - and its a lot- it lets you know something is up.
I posted a news article where a cat killed a 200 pound dog a mile from my house, so a 70 pounder is bringing a knife to a gunfight IMO. Big cats (cougar) worry me the most of anything because they just kind of show up and are "there". Many times when the attack they are elevated and dogs don't smell them either.
Most of my neighbors don't have underground fences either and when their dog gets hit by a car they just get another dog, and that is their choice. It is not mine though. To each their own decision as it should be. About that hen house and fox LOL, time to do some carpentry work a fox shouldn't be able to get in a decent tight chicken coop. Weasels and mink are a different story, but the best bet if you are loosing chickens is to invest in a digital caller with a dying rabbit call and red light for night time illumination. Call them in at night and shoot them, with the weather getting colder the pelts will start priming up soon.
Years ago in NC Pa. I was between a sow bear and 2 cubs, I had my wheel gun on me and thought for sure that I was going to have to use it. Mom turned and ran the other direction once she figured out what I was. When I lived in Washington State along the Olympic Peninsula I saw bear every time I went fly fishing when the salmon were spawning. Came around a bend in the river more than once face to face with a bear. They can't see for shit and stand up and squint sniffing the air trying to figure out what you are then usually at least walk off if not run off. Then 2 years ago in the Mn. Arrowhead I had a black bear try to get into my off road trailer one night. The dog and I were in the tent 6 feet away and the dog went crazy but the bear just growled and kept trying to get in the trailer. My gun was under the cot cased and the shells in another location in the tent. Took me 2 minutes trying to handle the dog and get the gun and shells around at the same time and by then the bear thank goodness gave up and walked away. The dog didn't phase him a bit, they can be very unpredictable especially about the time you think that you have them figured out.
I posted a picture of a wolf killed deer a couple of pages back. It took until 2 AM for the pack to show up and when I took this picture https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3810/13666553783_0e5c79843a_c.jpg the pack was circling me and there was 8-12 of them, hard to tell for sure with the trees. The Alpha at times was 10 feet away, I yelled and shined the maglight on him and he always backed off. If I had a dog with me I would never had dared try that, it would have been a totally different situation and not a good one. Which is why he was back in the cabin.
In any event enjoy and have fun in your new home.