- Associated Press - Monday, May 16, 2016

EPSOM, N.H. (AP) - A man called “Muskrat” who has lived in a log cabin at a New Hampshire campground for nearly a decade has packed up after getting a court order to leave.

Rick Panzieri, who wears animal skins and a coonskin cap, built “Muskrat Lodge,” complete with a wood stove and solar panel, off his trailer on an Epsom campground. The campground went into foreclosure in 2014. The next year, the campground came under new management. Panzieri and others were handed an eviction notice last fall.

Panzieri, a 52-year-old union foreman, said he previously was allowed to stay and pay rent. The new manager said Panzieri had been paying, but the town determined Panzieri and others were living at the Circle 9 Ranch illegally.

The town said they were in violation of local law, which prohibits the use of campgrounds “for purposes other than temporary or recreational.”

The Concord Monitor reports (https://bit.ly/1R3PZsh) Panzieri left May 6 after receiving a court order, saying he had 90 days to go. He said he tried to pay for a different site at the campground, but he wasn’t allowed.

Panzieri says he’s moved into another campground.


Information from: Concord Monitor, https://www.cmonitor.com

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