Kentucky lets you raise raccoons?!

Moochie

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Nov 8, 2010
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I was bored so I browsed the web on raccoons. And I found a video where a girl was feeding a baby raccoon milk. She said a dog killed the momma raccoon and her family got one of the babies. In Kentucky!
You can't do that here unless you're one of those licensed wildlife care takers, which Animal Planet likes to interview and put you on some show.
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So uhh.. Kentucky seems like a good place.. I hear Kentucky allows ferrets aswell? If not, then poo.
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Maybe I should go to Kentucky for a college and learn from the raccoons there!
 

the-bird-man

Songster
9 Years
Oct 24, 2010
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land of the sun
its amazing what people keep as pets. when my dad was a kid his friend had a badger as a pet. i have a friend with a pet kangaroo and she would bring it to school so that was always fun. i know people keep skunks and opossums as pets. ferrets are a common pet here in utah. some people just love the odd pets.
 

Southernbelle

Gone Broody
12 Years
Mar 17, 2008
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My family is from KY. My parents took their pet racoon, Ranger, on their honeymoon with them. Ranger was found in a nest when grampa was cleaning the chimney and my parents raised him. Here's a picture of Mom and Ranger on her honeymoon back in 1975.
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BluegrassSeramas

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Aug 25, 2008
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You are suppose to have a license, but they just don't really crack down on you here. I have had the local police bring me many wayward wildlife to rehabilitate in my time. My Dad was a police officer and I was chock full of animal knowledge.
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Skyesrocket

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Mar 20, 2008
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I think most states allow ferrets. I know CA doesn't. In Ohio a person has to be licensed to breed raccoons. That is all up in the air now though. The govener has a board working on an exotic animal ban. I'm not sure what animals will be included in the ban.
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Personally I have an opossum and think they are great house pets. He reminds me of a koala bear.
 

shelleyd2008

the bird is the word
11 Years
Sep 14, 2008
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Adair Co., KY
I don't believe it is legal to raise them in KY unless you are a licensed rehabber, but that doesn't stop many people. I know it's not legal in IN, but I, and my brother and sister, raised many a baby raccoon when we were growing up
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