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Pet raccoon 'Mae' ordered to stay at wildlife rehab despite family's plea

Pet raccoon 'Mae' ordered to stay at wildlife rehab despite family's plea

A West Seattle family was in court Friday as their attorney argued why their pet raccoon, Mae, should come home while they wait for a trial to determine if the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife legally seized her.

"The animal at issue here, really the property at issue here, is very unique," Adam Karp told the judge.

In a lawsuit filed against the state, Karp argues that Mae is the Greer's property now and that WDFW officers never confiscated the raccoon during previous encounters over the years.

The Greers want Mae to come home until they have a trial to see if the state seized her legally, but the state calls Mae a public health concern.

It's against the law to possess wildlife, WDFW has said, arguing that wild animals aren't safe pets.

Source: www.king5.com
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