Kinkajous: State commission rejects petition to legalize them as pets
Last week, the state Parks and Wildlife Commission denied a petition from a man named Jared Dryer, who was seeking to legalize the possession of kinkajous. The kinkajou is a nocturnal rainforest mammal that has an obscenely long tongue and an obscenely cute nickname, the "honey bear" -- so called because it uses its long tongue to lick nectar from flowers. But its cuteness wasn't enough to sway the commissioners.
YouTube features many videos of people showing off their pet kinkajous. We've included several below, including this one.
Nonetheless, the eleven-member commission unanimously denied Dryer's petition on January 10, according to spokesman Randy Hampton.
Dryer, who did not attend the meeting, could not be reached for comment. But his petition, which reads like a science report on the kinkajou and notes the states where the animal is legal (Arizona, Nevada and Kansas, to name a few), was up against some tough opposition.
Both the Colorado Department of Agriculture and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment submitted letters recommending against kinkajou legalization.
The state veterinarian noted in a letter that the kinkajou has sharp teeth and is capable of spreading rabies.
And the state communicable disease epidemiology section chief raised concerns about "unrecognizable pathogens" that kinkajous may harbor.
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