In the 10 years we have lived here and the 7 that I have had my goats, I have never heard a coyote. Well tonite was the first nite that I have ever shut the barn door this early in the season! I heard that lonesome hair raising sound coming off the hill above my house and had to stop and listen just to make sure it wasn't the wind...well I heard it again and it was closer! My girls hit the barn FAST!! And Bootsie blocked the doorway after they were all in..I heard 3 different howls in 10 minutes and then another one across the pasture in the hollow...they were calling back and forth...really eeri sounding so even though my girls have a fenced yard I felt safer lockingthem in. And I have the 12 gauge loaded waiting by the back door. It seems I won't be getting much sleep tonite...I'll have one ear "open"