New York

Summary: 

New York prohibits private possession of big cats. Under New York law, it is unlawful to possess a wild animal as a pet. However, any person who possessed a big cat at the time the law came into effect in 2004 may continue possession. Some institutions may possess big cats, including zoos, public exhibitors, USDA-licensed research facilities, state universities and private colleges working with wild animals, state agencies working with wild animals, wildlife rehabilitators, and wildlife sanctuaries may possess big cats.

Classification: 
Ban
Color: 
gray