Sgt. Chris Yagelski

Sgt. Chris Yagelski

Q: My girlfriend and I have the cutest little squirrel that we have named "Gus." He visits our house every day.

He is so cute and we are able to hand feed him, care for him and love him. Can we keep him?

A: Indiana has no laws regulating the ownership of common exotic animals, such as pet birds, domestic rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets and rodents. Current laws however require permits for venomous snakes, exotic felines and wildlife.

Indiana states all persons who possess certain wild animals must obtain a permit for each animal they possess.

A wild animal possession permit is required for Class I animals (eastern cottontail rabbit, gray squirrel, fox squirrel, southern flying squirrel) Class II animals (beaver, coyote, gray fox, red fox, mink, muskrat, opossum, raccoon, skunk, weasel) and Class III animals: wolves (purebred), bears, wild cats (excluding feral cats), venomous reptiles and crocodilians (at least 5 feet long).

So, according to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources you only need a permit to possess a squirrel legally if you obtained it legally. Catching one from the wild is not allowed.

However, there are "wild animal breeders" from which you can purchase one, if you really want one in your home. Otherwise keeping "Gus" in your backyard is fine as long as you don't contain him.

Q: My grandmother tried to renew her driver's license and failed the eye test. My family and I were all so happy because we wanted her to stop driving before she causes an accident.

Grandma says, "Screw it. What can they do to me? I'm 92!" And she is driving anyway.

What can we do? No one in the family wants to take away her keys. What kind of trouble can she get into?

A: Gotta love a feisty grandma. Your grandma can be re-tested by an eye doctor to determine her ability to drive, or can have restrictions placed on her license.

If she refuses to get a license and continues to drive, she is subject to a written citation (misdemeanor arrest) for operating without a driver's license, and subject to having her vehicle impounded.

As difficult as it is, steps should be taken by the family to get the vehicle from her until she is properly licensed.

Q: We all love reading Ask A Cop at work and hope you can help settle an argument we are having at our office.

When you're driving, when exactly does the speed limit change? When you see the speed limit sign or once you pass it?

A: Thanks for reading, and a very good question. Actually the speed limit does not start until you reach the sign. However, it is important that you begin to reduce your speed upon visually seeing the posted limit.

This week's riddle

The winner of the $30 gas card sponsored by the Michigan City Exchangettes was Kara Will of Michigan City.

In last column's riddle of were Detectives Hynek and Rodriguez closer to Michigan City than Detective Severs from Chicago when they met? The answer, of course, was they were both exactly the same distance away when they met.

This week's riddle is sponsored by the dental office of Dr. Valerie Haughtington at 1200 S. Woodland Ave.

The winner receives a $30 gas card.

Don't scream and don't pout just try to figure this one out. What is the four digit number in which the first digit is the regulation number of players on a basketball team, the second and third digits are the product of three times the first digit, and the last digit is the sum of the second and third digits.

The eighth correct answer by phone or email at exactly 1 p.m. Friday wins.

To answer a question or ask one, contact Sgt. Chris Yagelski at 219-873-1461, ext. 333 or email

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