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Mark Brown and his pet raccoons

Posted Friday, August 2, 2013, at 12:40 PM

I am sure that most of you have seen or heard of Mark Brown and his "pet" raccoon(s). This story has been all over the media lately. He is located in Gallatin, Tennessee.

I am sad and angry over this recent exploitation of native Tennessee wildlife. Point by point:

1. Keeping a raccoon as a pet is a violation of state law. I hope that Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is already intervening in this situation.

2. These videos send the wrong message. They lead people to believe that raccoons would make great pets.

3. It is dangerous. Raccoons are very susceptible to diseases that can be transmitted to people and pets. In particular, rabies comes to mind. They can carry and transmit the rabies virus without showing ANY symptoms. It is transmitted through saliva. Rabies is FATAL!

4. I was not surprised to learn that this raccoon died at 4 years of age. The animal was at least 3 times its normal weight. I strongly suspect it died from cardiovascular disease. It may also have contracted diabetes and other diseases.

5. Tennessee is one of the states portrayed as backwards and "hillbilly", with all of the bad connotations that go along with it. In my research I ran across many disparaging remarks about us, including one that suggested Mr. Brown would be uploading a video of himself, his wife, and his sister engaging in an illegal action. I hate that we Tennesseans are seen in such a negative light.

This animal and many others are taken from their natural habitat to provide amusement for humans. They are denied the opportunity of living free, natural lives - basically denied the chance to live as God made them.

Is this really worth the 10 seconds of entertainment that it provided some people?


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We have enjoyed watching our raccoons from afar, well, not too far since they would come into our attached greenhouse during the rare times that we did not have dogs.

But, we would not consider trying to make them a pet. Not just because it is illegal but because they should be free to live their lives.

Even that bluejay we rescued some years back was never to be a pet. As some of you already know, he was released successfully back to his own environment.

We have also, regrettably had to dispatch a coon or two that was wobbling in the middle of the day and foaming at the mouth.

-- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Aug 2, 2013, at 3:11 PM

Steve, I'm glad you took care of the sick raccoon(s) situation. I am sure it was done humanely.

Foaming at the mouth is an indicator of a serious neurological condition. It can occur with diseases other than rabies. Also, an animal can have active rabies and never foam at the mouth.

Either way, it is a serious symtpom and should be treated as such.

-- Posted by wildwoman on Fri, Aug 2, 2013, at 4:58 PM

Vicky,I agree with you 100% on keeping a coon as a pet.They are better in a roaster pan surrounded by sweet taters and cooked for 4-5 hours.

-- Posted by mytaxesaremine on Fri, Aug 2, 2013, at 7:19 PM

mytaxesaremine: ROFL do I know you? If not, I feel like I do!

-- Posted by wildwoman on Sat, Aug 3, 2013, at 7:45 AM

Can't say that we have ever met or talked.I do feel that I was once a Buzzard in another life.It could be from that time in my life cycle.

-- Posted by mytaxesaremine on Sat, Aug 3, 2013, at 9:58 AM

You must be absolutely correct!

-- Posted by wildwoman on Sat, Aug 3, 2013, at 12:14 PM

Yes ,Life as a human is much better.Coon taste better cooked.

-- Posted by mytaxesaremine on Sat, Aug 3, 2013, at 7:00 PM

Racoons are the number one nuisance in south Florida aside from fire ants, and they are huge and mean...I have seen them as large as a labrador retriever....I lost my 23 yr old cat to one...they roam everywhere there and are dangerous, and full of rabies. I sure wouldn't eat one...I knew a couple guys who control them with paintball guns, if you can imagine....on occasion one might see them with red and green splats when you shine your flashlight on whats making the noise at night around your trash cans...they would damage your vehicle if you hit one driving at night.

-- Posted by chefgrape on Sun, Aug 4, 2013, at 9:12 AM

i knew they could be mean, but I don't think eating one.. I would choose Filet Mignon

-- Posted by 4fabfelinez on Sun, Aug 4, 2013, at 6:24 PM

It is just as upsetting as the family that was in the media recently for having a pet deer. That deer has been sentenced to death because they decided to be selfish and not allow the deer to live and function as a wild animal. Instead, they wanted to keep it as if it were a dog or a cat. The law had planned to take the deer away from the family. But for some unknown reasons, has decided to allow the family to keep the deer.

-- Posted by -Beth- on Mon, Aug 5, 2013, at 8:26 AM

Chef, I don't know what good drug you were doing to see a Raccoon as big as a Lab, but I want some.I have not seen anything that large since the 70's when I saw 5 ft tall field larks that were humming Pink Floyd songs.

-- Posted by mytaxesaremine on Mon, Aug 5, 2013, at 12:42 PM

Wild animals should never be domesticated like that because eventually it does shorten their life span in one way or another. Animals like deer are better left to remain in the wild and I think they are more beautiful to look at when seen in their natural habitat.

As far as southern stereotypes, some people will always view us as hillbillies because they lack the intelligence to realize that one person does not define a whole group of people. I know I am more educated and civilized than most of the people who adhere to those silly assumptions.

-- Posted by jaxspike on Mon, Aug 5, 2013, at 1:56 PM

LOL@mytaxesaremine....I was sober my friend, I think, I can't remember...but let's just say they were the biggest ones I've ever seen....for real...they were 4 times the size of any of these little coons around here...they get about 30+ lbs down yonder near the Glades

-- Posted by chefgrape on Mon, Aug 5, 2013, at 9:28 PM

Thanks to all of you who are responding - now I am sickened by our most recent pet hoarding issue...If you love animals, how can you keep so many in such conditions?

-- Posted by wildwoman on Tue, Aug 6, 2013, at 9:18 AM

The way I understand from the Bedford County Animal Control, they are dealing with 4 cases of animal abuse. This is just one of them. You have this one, the case where a dog was shot with a gun and the starving dog. I don't see how people can mistreat animals. All they want is to be fed, loved, and nurtured. And in case anyone can help, they are in need of canned wet dog food and meaty treats. If you cannot afford to adopt or foster, please consider donating items that they are in need of.

-- Posted by PrpleHze on Tue, Aug 6, 2013, at 10:20 AM

Please take a look at this website:

http://fourleggedfriendsandenemies.blogs...

I think whoever it is that has this site has very good points:

"SBCHA spokesperson Kimberly Warren should be ashamed of herself for 1-defending the Crowders and the living conditions, 2-failing to do home checks on the Crowders before handing over one animal after another to them, 3-enabling the Crowders to continue their hoarding ways and 4-being partially responsible for the cruelty and neglect inflicted on these animals.

Kimberly wants to continue to defend the Crowders and SBCHA's involvement by insisting the animals were healthy. OK. Go live in a feces-filled house with cockroaches and fleas crawling all over you 24 hours a day. Try to breathe in this house which has ammonia levels so high that your eyes burn, your throat makes you cough and your nose runs and burns from the stench. Get 49 other people to squish into this house with you and deal with their erratic behavior as they fight, scream at all hours of the day and night, hog whatever sleeping quarters there are, possibly hit and kick you out of frustration. Yeah, you can have food and water but you - and the others - can never leave. Tell me that's not inhumane, Kimberly."

-- Posted by spikee on Wed, Aug 7, 2013, at 12:50 PM

Thank you, spikee - I wondered if someone else had caught the fact that the misrepresentation had been made.

-- Posted by wildwoman on Wed, Aug 7, 2013, at 4:20 PM

As bad as the situation with hoarding pets and all the abuse and neglect that we hear of and witness here in Bedford county. Please do not loose sight of the fact that there needs to be some real change in this city, county, and state. These people who work with animals and volunteer with the humane soc. truly love animals and are overwhelmed at times. They are trying to fill a need that will only continue to get worse until

There is real education about spay and neuter. Also teaching the children how to respect and treat animals from a very early age. Please don't look at this situation and blame - look at this situation and push our elected officials to come up with solutions. One that may be is licensing pets with a discount for spay/neuter or group license for kennels... The funds raised could be earmarked for education, control, and enforcement.

-- Posted by haybar on Mon, Aug 12, 2013, at 7:20 PM

in regards to your recent letter criticizing mark brown aka coon rippy you need to get your facts straight number 1 he is not married number2 he has no sister he is a christian man who would never do anything lewd or immoral talk to his pastor so before you make anymore ignorant statements you should check your facts you might facing a libel suit don,t be fooled by his hillbilly persona behind that beard and overalls is a very sharp individual

-- Posted by feber33 on Sun, Aug 18, 2013, at 12:40 AM

re article mark brown aka coon rippy please get you facts straight number1 mark has no wife number2 he has no sister you are showing your ignorance by not checking the facts it causes your story to lose credibility

-- Posted by feber33 on Sun, Aug 18, 2013, at 1:15 AM

feber33 - thank you for your post here on my blog.

Since you have accused me of being ignorant or of lying to my readers, I would like you to scroll up the page to my original post. You will find that, in fact, and I quote, " In my research I ran across many disparaging remarks about us,".

Please note that I did not make the disparaging remark. I was making a comment about other people who were making remarks.

I knew nothing about Mr. Brown's family or personal relationships. I still know nothing about such, nor do I want to.

I will continue to defend nature and her wild ways.

-- Posted by wildwoman on Sun, Aug 18, 2013, at 7:19 AM

Most of you sound ignorant on your own, no need to worry about Mark making you look bad. Talking about eating raccoons, backwards idiots.

First of all there is an exception to every rule, this baby raccoons mother was murdered and she had to be hand reared if it wasn't for Mark she'd be dead.

Rebekah was perfectly happy living with mark and Connie. Why can't you all mind your own business?

-- Posted by alafair on Tue, Aug 20, 2013, at 12:55 AM

alafair, the reason why it is our (human race's) business is because the fool robbed the raccoon of a life. If the raccoon was released today into the wild, it has absolutely no idea how to act like a wild animal. That is a huge disadvantage for the animal. It is a raccoon. It is a wild animal.It is not a pet! If he (MB) wants to rescue an animal, head to the nearest shelters and rescue animals who are needing help!

-- Posted by -Beth- on Tue, Aug 20, 2013, at 4:32 PM

if a tn ag teacher had not ordered the murder of Rebekah,s mother mark brown would not of had Rebekah without mark,s care how long would she survived on her own call TWRA you say when gunshow was orphaned they were called 3 times no response the TWRA had to know that mark had gunshow Rebekah would still in a happy home except some so called dogooder got her nose out of joint due to a hillbilly image now tn is known as a place where animals should be trapped killed or caged but not cared for thousands of people all over the world are outraged at tn,s barbaric laws

-- Posted by jubelo3 on Tue, Aug 27, 2013, at 11:33 PM


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Vicky Carder is a Shelbyville native. In 1991 she founded Walden's Puddle Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Nashville. There she served as Executive Director for more than 12 years. The Center is the largest wildlife hospital in Middle Tennessee. She has published in wildlife national and international journals. Now she wants to share her knowledge of native wildlife and some of the experiences she had while working with wildlife.
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