This morning as I was walking towards my DH desk, motion to the left of the chicken coop caught my eye. It was a juvenile coyote, literally, dancing down the side of the chicken enclosure. I ran for the long-gun safe, and grabbed the air-rifle. Of course, by the time I got back, the pup was long gone. One chicken was hiding in the coop, and the other was up on a perch telling anyone who would listen about the interloper. She carried on for quite some time.
Late this afternoon I took my long-arm pruner (6’), and started slaying the nettles, and berry vines that grow up from the ravine toward the girl’s enclosure. I figure less coverage for coyotes is a good things. We’re going to leave the outdoor light closest to the enclosure (12’ away) on overnights going forward, and I will continue to make the area off this (west) side of the property less cozy for critters.