Colorado’s squirrels-and-swingers magnate prepares for trial

A suave-looking golden-mantled ground squirrel. The species is prevalent through the mountainous West. (Pixabay)

Kendall Seifert, 53, is due in court next month on felony charges related to his operation of an animal-rescue nonprofit. His club for open-minded people, meanwhile, is doing just fine.

A suave-looking golden-mantled ground squirrel. The species is prevalent through the mountainous West. (Pixabay)
A suave-looking golden-mantled ground squirrel. The species is prevalent through the mountainous West. (Pixabay)

Seiferts’ two operations – Squirrel Creek Wildlife Rescue and Scarlet Ranch (you guess which is which) – shared the same building in Littleton. The state confiscated animals from the property, including squirrels and raccoons, and declined to renew Seifert’s animal-rehab license on March 16 of this year.

Seifert suspects that the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife was unhappy about the combination of animal cages and swingers. “Their concern was that we were trying to exhibit the animals,” he told Colorado Public Radio, which he denies.

He faces dozens of misdemeanor charges of illegal or unlicensed possession of wildlife, a felony count of attempting to influence a public servant and a felony charge of forgery of a public record, according to court records.

The state also has accused Seifert of keeping animals for too long and releasing them incorrectly, CPR reported.

“There was no cruelty to the animals. The only cruelty was officers coming in with guns and raiding Squirrel Creek,” Seifert told The Guardian in a recent interview, arguing that animals are kept safely away from club-goers.

Also of interest: Seifert says he is not a swinger himself. But he says he’s throwing one heck of an erotic Halloween party this weekend.

 

Andrew Kenney

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