We had another bear visit Saturday night. He decided he wanted a chicken dinner.
We heard the dogs barking like crazy around 2 am. Husband took his flashlight and gun and went out to see what was up. The bear fled as soon as he headed out, which is a blessing because around here they are becoming more and more acclimated to humans which is not good.
The bear pulled off some of the wood and tore a hole in the wire of the upper coop. This is exactly why we ALWAYS close all the animals fully inside EVERY night. And why it is so important to build livestock housing as predator-proof as possible here in the mountains.
Since the chickens were closed into the coop, not the pen, he didn’t get what he wanted. But he will probably be back – that is what they do. Hopefully he will continue to be left without a meal and eventually move on to easier food sources. For now, we have some pen patching to do.