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Woman charged with bringing raccoon to bar in North Dakota

MADDOCK, ND — A woman who brought a wild raccoon into a North Dakota bar, prompting state health officials to issue a warning about possible rabies exposure, is facing criminal charges.

Erin Christensen, 38, of Maddock, is charged with misdemeanor counts of providing false information to law enforcement, tampering with physical evidence, and illegal possession of fur.

Christensen was arrested last week after authorities found her and the raccoon while serving multiple search warrants in and around Maddock.

Christensen said his family found the raccoon on the side of a road about three months ago and named him Rocky. She said they were nursing the animal back to health with plans to release it into the wild.

Under the laws of the North Dakota Board of Animal Health, it is illegal to own a wild raccoon. Authorities euthanized the animal and it tested negative for rabies.

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