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.