Possession of big cats is lawful in West Virginia. Owners must obtain a Personal Pet Permit from the State's Fish and Game Director to privately possess a big cat as a pet. The permit fee is two dollars. Additionally, any person may apply for a Menagerie Permit that would authorize the operation of a roadside menagerie in West Virginia. The permit fee is twenty-five dollars and requires adequate facilities to protect the public and to care for the cat.