Washington

Summary: 

Washington prohibits private ownership of big cats. Under Washington law, it is unlawful to possess lions, tigers, captive-bred cougars, jaguars, cheetahs, leopards, snow leopards, clouded leopards, and any hybrids whether bred in the wild or in captivity. State authorized institutions, AZA-accredited institutions, wildlife sanctuaries, and circuses are exempt from this ban and may possess big cats. Additionally, any person who privately owned a big cat prior to July 22, 2007 may continue possession of the big cat. 

Classification: 
Ban
Color: 
gray