Rackie's Kids - identical twins!
Sandy and her kit!
Standy, son of Sandy
|"I explain the life cycle of the raccoon and how to distinguish one from another...or clan from clan. I also point out the various personality traits etc. There are so many people that have a fear of wild animals and don't really know much about them. I've found that by educating such people, they leave our property with a respect for animals that they didn't previously have...and that's a good thing. The more people are concerned about how we treat our animal friends on this planet, the better life will be for all of us." ~ Barry|
On 1/16/99, I had to post a very sad note to this page. At that
time, it was believed that all these raccoons had been trapped and then
killed by someone whose property abutted the same forest as Barry's
land in Eureka California.
Over the course of the ensuing months Barry dedicated himself to bring about changes so that these deaths would not be in vain.
On 8/23/99, I received the following update from Barry:
"Since I lost many
of my furry friends to trappers last year, things are finally looking better.
The City of Eureka is no longer engaged in the trapping and killing of
raccoons....nor do they promote it as a solution to raccoon problems.
While raccoons in our area are still subjected to random and senseless
acts of violence, at least those in our little forest are more protected
than they were last year. My neighbors, too, are more educated and
sensitive to the raccoon's plight. For those of us who truly care
about our raccoon friends, our most effective tool is knowledge.
I have found that when people get to know wild animals on a personal basis,
they find it very hard to do anything that would jeopardize their safety.
Taking the time to educate people about raccoons has rewarded me tenfold.