Kinkajous: State commission rejects petition to legalize them as pets

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Despite a recent effort to change the rules, it's still illegal to own a kinkajou as a pet in Colorado.

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.

Continue for more about the kinkajou ruling, including additional videos and documents.


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Jim Burness
Jim Burness

But I understand a wallaby is legal.

Jeff Chacon
Jeff Chacon

After I smoke enough legal weed my dog will look like a kinkajou anyway.

Kyle Hartman
Kyle Hartman

This is a damn shame. Poor choices have been made.

Chase Squires
Chase Squires

You outlaw kinkajous, then only outlaws will have kinkajous.

James Gold
James Gold

I agree with this decision. Pokemon characters are DANGEROUS!

Cognitive_Dissident
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"You cannot own any property without our permission. Be thankful you live in a free country." -- The State

The United State has a strange definition of freedom

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@DonkeyHotay @Cognitive_Dissident 

I hate tyranny, whether it's a tyrant dictator or the tyranny of the majority. The difference is semantic and the reality is the same.

Compared to hating freedom, it's the moral high-ground.

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