Well I am a bleeding heart pacifist about to take the homesteading plunge. Land and property are already purchased. Its a small Peacan Orchard in the South, Lower Alabama a couple of miles from the Gulf. My question is what kind of varmits other than the two legged kind could cause a threat to my Wife or my animals in that region and should I buy a gun for family protection, and If so what kind. I personally don't care for firearms but don't care if you have one so unlike the great myth I don't wanna take yours away, its just until now I never really felt I needed one (still not sure). My property is bordered by marsh, bogs and some forest, I plan to hog fence and electric wire the perimiter.