Shoot yea they have always been here. When I was a kid, I kept cage traps set out and checked them every day after school. I had a dog that went with me and he knew as well as I did where all the traps were. I had one on a sandbar in a creek back behind the house. Old Bozo got to it way before I did and I heard the gosh awfullest screaming you ever heard. I got there and had a weasel and he was jumping at the dog and screaming. I tried to keep him but after about a week he died. By the way Throwback, they retired me Nov. 1st and I ain't shaved since.
They killed 4 of my chickens! They were the only thing that could squeeze through the fence. One was in broad daylight. They couldn't drag the carcass through the fence. Just ate the innards. I saw one flattened on the road several weeks later. The teeth gave it away. I still need to set some traps. The remaining chickens are protected by chicken wire, unless they strike during the day again.