We have been having a bit of a coyote problem. Now we live in Minnesota, and not really in the boondocks or anything like that! We are not far from town and have three neighbors on our lane.
Two weeks ago, about 7:00 in the evening, David was out in the yard and the coyote ran through. Yikes, that was pretty creepy. This past week, we heard the chickens making a ruckus about 3:00 in the afternoon and sure enough there was the coyote again. It snatched a chicken - leaving a trail of feathers behind as it escaped!!!!!!! Two days ago, at 1:30 in the afternoon, David was pulling weeds in the garden and there it was - 50 feet from him - after the chickens again! David was yelling at it and it just stood there and stared him down. This coyote is a bit too brave for my blood!!!
We have now been putting the chickens out in the morning to free-range and shooing them back in by 1:00 in the afternoon. They're not too happy about it, but better that than dead!