Residents work to save 'Raccoon Lodge' in Port Townsend

Kevin Mason turned an old stump into a home for woodland creatures as a form of therapy during his cancer treatment. Now, the city is concerned it could be a hazard.

PORT TOWNSEND, Wash. — The “Raccoon Lodge,” as it has become known, began as a therapeutic project when Kevin Mason was undergoing cancer treatments earlier this year.

“Ideally, I just thought after it’s all done and all the construction is through one day I’d see a squirrel poking its head out the window or even a raccoon,” said Mason, 75.

Directly outside Mason’s house once stood a 150-year-old cypress tree with a massive

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