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Sex offender, parolee arrested after caught skinning raccoon

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From page A4 | August 23, 2013 | 6 Comments

By Eric Heinz

South Lake Tahoe Police arrested a man about 2:30 p.m. Monday after he fled from officers who found him skinning a dead raccoon near the corner of Modesto and Harrison Avenues.

According to SLTPD Lt. David Stevenson, 37-year-old Kevin Burroughs fled when police officers tried to talk with him. He ran across U.S. Highway 50 and headed east toward St. Theresa School and was eventually apprehended on the baseball fields, Stevenson said.

Police said he did not have a knife on him at the time he was apprehended.

At first the man would not talk, but police later discovered his identity. Police do not yet know where he is from, but Burroughs does have a parolee at-large warrant against him and is a sex offender who was not registered at the time of his arrest Stevenson said.

As of Tuesday, he was still in police custody.

Burroughs was charged with being a parolee at large, being a sex registrant on school grounds, failing to register as a sex registrant, resisting arrest and possession of a creature unlawfully taken.

The method in which Burroughs took the raccoon — whether it was already dead or killed by him — is undetermined, but is illegal to maim an animal in that method in California, according to the 2002 Fish and Game Code.

Helayna Pera, California Department of Fish and Wildlife wildlife biologist region 2 office, said the law, under 2002 Fish and Game Code, is to keep people from taking animals by methods such as running them over with a vehicle for hunting purposes.

“I think the No. 1 reason is that it’s not a legal method of take,” Pera said. “You hunt and you’re going to use bow and arrow and the appropriate method of take on that. The method along that line is not a legal method of take. If you allowed people to pick up road kill, they would drive around and try to get it.”

But for educational purposes, the CDFW does have an outlet that allows people to possess already dead animals.

“No one, even a holder of a Scientific Collecting Permit (SCP), can pick up road kills, native bird feathers, or collect owl pellets or other animal parts without a SCP (authorizing) the salvage of dead amphibians, reptiles, birds, and/or mammals,” the CDFW website stated.

Some states allow people to possess dead animals, but California does not.

“We can take (the animal) to a taxidermist, but besides having a proper permit, nope, it is illegal,” Pera said.

Pera said it is primarily dangerous to pick up dead animals for sustenance because people do not know how long the animal has been decomposing, which can lead to illness.

“Get a hunting license, if you really want to be organic; harvest your meat that way,” Pera said.

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Discussion | 6 comments

  • 11377August 23, 2013 - 9:48 am

    This fool is a poster child for a meth head. No doubt one of Moonbutt's early felon releases. They are slithering all around us now thanks to him. This POS belongs in prison. He doesn't get the big picture of life. He is a useless, worthless human. Fortunately his drug of choice will def kill him soon.

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  • Fish GuyAugust 23, 2013 - 4:56 pm

    Meth. The "Darwin Principle" in real life.

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  • CocoAugust 24, 2013 - 3:25 pm

    ...charged with being a parolee at large, being a sex registrant on school grounds, failing to register as a sex registrant, resisting arrest and possession of a creature unlawfully taken ... and all the concern is about the raccoon?!

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  • chrisAugust 26, 2013 - 1:53 pm

    If anyone is actually interested in the truth, that man was mentally ill and sleeping behind the dumpster at the Sno-flake Burger where he was being fed daily. That racoon was already dead, and I am told the witness has a picture of it taken days prior to the incident. I suppose the story that was released to the media sounds more newsworthy though.

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  • 11377h&sAugust 26, 2013 - 4:16 pm

    Chris, And SOoooo??? We're not su[pposed to be conserned about a 5150, sex offender Parolee at large simply because he's whacked and hungry? Invite the lad to your own house and help him. Better yet, invite Moonbutt as well.

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  • chrisAugust 26, 2013 - 1:58 pm

    I apologize, I failed to ask this in my first comment, but what was his sex offense? For all we know, he could have been a tier 1 sex offender for a variety of minor offenses. What was he on parole for? If you chase a man onto school grounds and capture him there, then how do you then charge him for being a sex offender on school grounds? On the surface this looks like a potentially dangerous man captured while the innocent citizens of SLT have been spared from his wrath, but in reality, he was mentally ill, homeless and hungry. So again, I suggest that the other stories in the media sound more exciting. The Police know more, why don't they care to share?

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