Last night something killed three of our hens, and partially ate one. It did not carry them away. It removed a leg and a wing so cleanly that she must have been dead when it was done - no bleeding, and so clean you would think it was cut with a knife. I guess it was pulled off. Prints in the snow look like bobcat perhaps. Four round toes and a foot pad. Like a housecat only much bigger. No visible claws. But the leap it makes is tremendous. Four to six feet in a leap, then almost a three point landing - two front feet together, and what looks like one hind foot - we were taking pictures of these same prints down in the ravine yesterday, and I jokingly said it looked like a giant mutant rabbit. But it's no rabbit. It was on its way up to eat our hens. We'll lock them in at night from now on, but I wonder ... could it have been a cougar?