Tuesday, December 11, 2012


Yesterday, we received a call from a woman in Santa Cruz, reporting a young raccoon with its leg caught in the crook of a tree.

Lead responder, Duane Titus, arrived on scene quickly. After a considerable amount of effort, he was able to free the animal's limb. The raccoon was transported to Native Animal Rescue for treatment.

This latest tree-snagged raccoon is the third for the year!!! Interestingly, each involved a similar species of non-native tree and 'teenage' raccoon.


  1. I am curious about the type of tree it was that they are having trouble negotiating. Poor raccoon! I am so glad you all were able to help the animal. Great work you have done. Thank you!

  2. Why wasn't the raccoon simply released? Why the transport to NAR?

  3. Rebecca Dmytryk / WildRescueDecember 17, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    Its leg was horribly swollen - ended up, it had a fracture of the femur. Poor animal had been stuck up in the tree for hours. Even if it had been fine, we would have held it over until nightfall to release it.

  4. hey Duane- you must be part of the monkey family!!!?? Lots of of challenges in wrestling a young raccoon at heights!! KUDOS on yet another great rescue!! Rebecca, Duane and the rest of you great caring volunteers, keep up the diligence! The more the word gets out, the more we can ALL make difference. Maureen