YouTube star in hot water with state over pet raccoon - Cincinnati News, Weather, Sports from FOX19 NOW-WXIX

YouTube star in hot water with state over pet raccoon

GALLATIN, TN (WSMV) -

A Gallatin man is in hot water with the state over his pet raccoon.

Videos of Mark "Coonrippy" Brown and his furry companion made him a YouTube star.

Brown, a resident of Sumner County, is a wildlife enthusiast.

He's a simple man with a big beard and a big love for the outdoors, especially raccoons.

He's also a YouTube celebrity, making the rounds on Jay Leno and several CNN shows.

In the age of Honey Boo Boo, Moonshiners and Duck Dynasty, you'd better believe a character like Brown is valuable.

Brown thinks that's why he's run afoul of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

The problem, as it states on several different TWRA web pages, it's illegal to take a raccoon out of the wild and keep it as a pet.

Brown has a comeback for that. He said he tried to get the TWRA to pick up his raccoon.

But 2 million or so YouTube hits later, the TWRA has come knocking.

Brown tried to get a permit as a wildlife rehabilitator. He said his years of experience, and video, backs up his claims.

People from all over the world are in Brown's corner.

Folks from Great Britain, Spain, Portugal and even locals are urging Gov. Bill Haslam to pardon him.

Copyright 2013 WSMV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

  • FOX19 HeadlinesMore>>

  • Doctor who treated Prince pays $30K for illegal prescription

    Doctor who treated Prince pays $30K for illegal prescription

    Thursday, April 19 2018 12:42 AM EDT2018-04-19 04:42:26 GMT
    Thursday, April 19 2018 11:58 AM EDT2018-04-19 15:58:40 GMT
    (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File). FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2007 file photo, Prince performs during halftime of the Super Bowl XLI football game in Miami. Minnesota prosecutors are planning an announcement Thursday, April 19, 2018, in their two-year investi...(AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File). FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2007 file photo, Prince performs during halftime of the Super Bowl XLI football game in Miami. Minnesota prosecutors are planning an announcement Thursday, April 19, 2018, in their two-year investi...

    A two-year probe into the overdose death of music superstar Prince is reaching a critical stage as a county prosecutor reveals whether criminal charges will be filed.

    Full Story >

    A two-year probe into the overdose death of music superstar Prince is reaching a critical stage as a county prosecutor reveals whether criminal charges will be filed.

    Full Story >
  • Trump leaves open possibility of bailing on meeting with Kim

    Trump leaves open possibility of bailing on meeting with Kim

    Thursday, April 19 2018 12:52 AM EDT2018-04-19 04:52:34 GMT
    Thursday, April 19 2018 11:58 AM EDT2018-04-19 15:58:38 GMT
    (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais). President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media during a working lunch with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, at Trump's private Mar-a-Lago club, Wednesday, April 18, 2018, in Palm Beach, Fla.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais). President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media during a working lunch with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, at Trump's private Mar-a-Lago club, Wednesday, April 18, 2018, in Palm Beach, Fla.

    "If I think that if it's a meeting that is not going to be fruitful we're not going to go. If the meeting when I'm there is not fruitful I will respectfully leave the meeting," Trump told a news conference.

    Full Story >

    "If I think that if it's a meeting that is not going to be fruitful we're not going to go. If the meeting when I'm there is not fruitful I will respectfully leave the meeting," Trump told a news conference.

    Full Story >
  • California reaches deal on National Guard border mission

    California reaches deal on National Guard border mission

    Thursday, April 19 2018 3:01 AM EDT2018-04-19 07:01:58 GMT
    Thursday, April 19 2018 11:58 AM EDT2018-04-19 15:58:20 GMT
    (AP Photo/Denis Poroy, File). FILE - In this June 21, 2006 file photo, members of the California National Guard work next to the U.S.-Mexico border fence near the San Ysidro Port of Entry in San Diego. President Donald Trump slammed California Gov. Jer...(AP Photo/Denis Poroy, File). FILE - In this June 21, 2006 file photo, members of the California National Guard work next to the U.S.-Mexico border fence near the San Ysidro Port of Entry in San Diego. President Donald Trump slammed California Gov. Jer...

    Gov. Jerry Brown says he has reached agreement with the Trump administration to deploy up to 400 California National Guard troops to the border and elsewhere.

    Full Story >

    Gov. Jerry Brown says he has reached agreement with the Trump administration to deploy up to 400 California National Guard troops to the border and elsewhere.

    Full Story >
Powered by Frankly