Today Tashi went nuts when we went out to the Moop. She was nosing around the engine compartment, which is accessible from inside the truck, not outside like most vehicles. I squeezed into the cab and lifted the lid. There was a beautiful and well fed raccoon. I managed to scare him out, and Tashi got him. She is fierce! She has killed groundhogs far bigger than this raccoon, but after a fierce battle, he got away. He was pretty bloody and beat up. I can only hope the damage was fatal. I found a chicken in the engine compartment - a big Buckeye, probably weighed seven or eight pounds. I have been finding feathers, but no chicken remains. I guess I will have to count tonight for the depressing news.
I took the shotgun out there, but there was no way that I could get off a shot, so the predator is still there. I don't know what to do now. My poor chickens - they are never safe.