I started picking the ripe berries and was quite satisfied with myself. A few nights ago, however, they took the row cover off, probably smelling the ripe berries. But, to my great surprise, they did not remove the net. Perhaps they have had bad experiences with nets? It would have been relatively easy for them to tear a hole in it. It is nylon, but not very sturdy (a dollar store net). For whatever reason, they decided to leave the net well alone.
The next morning, I picked every strawberry that looked ripe or " ripenable", re-stapling the net and row covers in place, and it seems to have worked! They have so far left the whole set-up alone. Of course, now there is no smell of ripe berries, all the ripe berries having been removed.
I am very surprised that this approach has worked so far. Raccoons are not usually easily fooled. For instance they are experts at getting the bait out of a live trap without getting caught. Last year I attempted something similar to save my grapes. I wrapped each bunch in a paper bag (the out of sight out of mind principle). They just laughed at me - ripped the bags off and ate the grapes as they ripened! I will try the plastic netting this year as they seem to tread more carefully around it.