A Seattle area family is devastated after their pet raccoon, raised since she was just a cub, was seized by wildlife officials. According to King 5 News, Mae was raised by Kellie and Chris Greer, who found her seven years ago at a park near the body of her deceased mother.
At the time, the Greers attempted to take little Mae to a wildlife rehabilitation center, but they were not successful in finding one which was willing to take her in. They did, however, get approval from Wolftown, on Vashon Island, to become a “subpermittee,”which allowed them to keep the wild animal, as long as certain rules were followed.
For years, Mae lived with her family as a beloved pet – enjoying playtime in the bathtub, swims on a leash, and camping outings (always harnessed and leashed as was required). But everything changed after a Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife warden observed the Greers, with Mae, on a camping trip. The warden took their information and shortly thereafter, Mae was seized from their home by a state official.
The family didn’t know that they had done anything wrong – but according to the state agency, Wolftown was no longer in business, so the subpermittee designation was no longer valid. The Greers didn’t have the proper wildlife permit to keep a raccoon, so Mae was taken away and is now living at a rehab facility where she is being used for “educational purposes.”
Exactly why the Greers were not offered the option to obtain a valid permit to keep Mae is not clear – the family wants their pet to come back home and a lawyer is now helping them. Find a fundraiser to help pay for the legal fees at this link.
Find the Bring Mae Home Facebook group here.
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