I will not deny the possible existance of such a creature in the Astral planes, but for on the physical Earth plane I say the rake does not exist as my opinion. I read the entire article, but to me this just seems like another story similar to that of Big Foot, Abominable Snowman, Lock Nes Monster, etc; stories of people seeing what they want to see and many gullible people believing such stories and shown "proof" in which they all cause a big hype nationally in which other gullible people believe it as well. Superstition. Myth - possibly.
Again, my opinion.