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Despite a recent Monitor article, I have not seen the reported abundance of rattlesnakes on Barranca Mesa, not even one. Maybe the raccoons are feeding on them and anything else they can find. They are nightly and, occasionally, daily visitors in my neighborhood and have attacked pets to protect their young.
Wildlife managers claim trapping them is useless because they will return to their territory many miles away from release. Their abundant replacements will also fill in for them. One local raccoon mom has three offspring doing the dining tour this fall.
Los Alamos Animal Control does not trap raccoons. They refer you to a professional wildlife removal Webpage (www.wildlife-removal.com/raccoon.htm.), which has detailed information on raccoon control.
The best course of action for homeowners is to remove any food source from your yard, seal any potential access to areas they can use for dens and keep pets inside especially at night.
The following information was gathered from the state of Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (http://wdfw.wa.gov/wlm/living/raccoons.htm).
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