The Raccoon Next Door: Getting Along with Urban Wildlife

2004 Skipping Stones Honor Award

Raccoon Next Door is a guide to help us identify and get along with the neighborhood raccoon and all our other wild neighbors. Author Gary Bogue presents stories, anecdotes, and sound advice for coexisting with the common creatures you might encounter in your backyard. Chuck Todd’s illuminating illustrations bring the animals to life in vivid detail.

The species discussed in the book include everything from coyotes and mountain lions to tarantulas and earwigs, newts and salamanders, songbirds and butterflies. Learn how to be a good animal neighbor using down-to-earth, practical, and homey advice that will show you how to live in harmony with those wild and crazy skunks who like to party all night long!


“[Mr. Bogue is] the Ann Landers of California embedded reporter on the front lines of suburban wildlife, [he] helps readers navigate the state's increasingly tempestuous relationship between civilization and wilderness.”

New York Times


“This book is more than a beautifully illustrated field guide. Its down-to-earth approach—it even has a sure-fire recipe to de-skunk the family dog—is full of anecdotal wisdom and engaging urban wildlife lore. It also decidedly comes down on the side of the critters.”

San Francisco Chronicle

About the Author and Illustrator

Gary BogueAuthor and wildlife expert Gary Bogue was curator of the Lindsay Wildlife Museum in Walnut Creek, California, for twelve years. He also wrote a daily column about pets and wildlife for the Contra Costa Times and Bay Area News Group for 42 years, and authored There’s an Opossum in My BackyardThere’s a Hummingbird in My Backyard, and The Raccoon Next Door.
Chuck ToddChuck Todd is an award-winning illustrator and visual journalist in the San Francisco Bay Area. After more than two decades as a newspaper artist and presentation editor, Chuck has turned his focus to creating illustrations for children’s books, magazines, websites, and comics. Is That a Skunk? is his fourth illustrated wildlife book with author Gary Bogue. See more of Chuck’s artwork at