Illegal RaccoonPosted: February 23, 2012
Man arrested for keeping raccoon
ANIMAL INFORCEMENT: An Arizona Game & Fish Department vehicle rests on Long Avenue in Original Bullhead, just down the street from the home of Stan Morris, who was arrested Wednesday morning after Game and Fish officials determined he had been illegally keeping a raccoon as a pet for the past several months. His pet raccoon, “Sonny,” will be taken to a Phoenix-area wildlife center, and is expected to eventually become part of the Phoenix Zoo’s educational outreach program once Morris’ case has been adjudicated.
Stan Morris, 57, was arrested at his home in the 100 block of Long Ave. after officers with the Arizona Game and Fish Department, with help from the Bullhead City police, searched the home following credible reports that Morris had been keeping a raccoon as a pet for several months. According to Game and Fish Wildlife Management Supervisor Velma Holt, Morris had been observed in recent weeks in public with the raccoon perched upon his shoulder.
“A Bullhead City PD officer actually contacted us saying he was out patrolling in that area and happened to see this guy walking down the street with a raccoon on his shoulder,” Holt said. “At that time we started looking into it, doing some surveillance.”
Oh, the horror! Illegal raccoon-keeping! Is there no depth the citizenry won’t plumb?
Posted by Dave
Cross-posted at El Nuevo Chingon