Submitted by Sammy Hood on Wed, 01/23/2013 - 9:35am
Maryland prohibits private possession of big cats. It is unlawful for a person to posses any cat other than a domestic cat. There are limited exceptions to this prohibition, including individuals who were in possession of a big cat prior to May 31, 2006, research facilities, licensed exhibitors, a nonprofit animal sanctuary, and zoos.
Submitted by Sammy Hood on Wed, 01/23/2013 - 9:24am
Under Pennsylvania law, it is lawful to privately possess lions, tigers, leopards, jaguars, cheetahs, and cougars with an exotic wildlife possession permit issued by the Pennsylvania Game Commission. A permit will be issued only when the approving board is satisfied that housing and care for the big cat is adequate and public safety is protected.
Submitted by Sammy Hood on Wed, 01/23/2013 - 9:18am
Michigan prohibits private ownership of big cats. No person may privately own a lions, leopards, jaguars, tigers, cougars, panthers, cheetah, or hybrid unless the person possessed the big cat prior to July 7, 2000. In that case, the person may continue ownership with a permit that requires adequate enclosures and consent to examinations by State accredited veterinarians.
This prohibition does not apply to AZA-accredited zoos, sanctuaries accredited by the American Sanctuary Association, or exhibitors whose primary function is public education. Exhibitors must not allow direct contact with the public, refrain from breeding, and they must meet training, housing, care, and transportation standards.
Submitted by Sammy Hood on Wed, 01/23/2013 - 9:15am
Montana does not permit private ownership of most big cats. Under Montana law, no person may possess a wild animal unless authorized by law and the law does not authorize big cat ownership with the exception of jungle cats and servals. Jungle cats and servals may be privately owned with a permit.
However, Montana does permit possession of big cats for menageries with a Roadside Menagerie Permit. A permit is required for menageries keeping cougars, lions, tigers, jaguars, leopards, pumas, cheetahs, ocelots, and hybrids. All permits require enclosure, sanitation, and safety standards. Of the big cats permitted at a menagerie, the law requires tigers and mountain lions to be tattooed with identifying numbers.
Submitted by Sammy Hood on Wed, 01/23/2013 - 9:08am
Idaho permits private possession of big cats with a permit. Under Idaho Law, caracals, cheetahs, geoffroy’s cats, jaguars, leopards, lions, margays, ocelot, servals, and tigers are classified as deleterious exotic animals. As such, ownership is lawful only with a Possession Permit. The permit requires descriptions of the facility and confinement areas in which the cat will be held, written statements about the owner’s experience and training, a recapture plan, certification from a veterinarian of sterilization or reproduction prevention, and consent to inspection of facilities and animal. Traveling exhibitions, like transient circuses, must obtain a Temporary Exhibitor Permit to possess a big cat for up to than thirty days.
Submitted by Sammy Hood on Wed, 01/23/2013 - 9:00am
Under Oregon law, no person may possess a big cat or sell a big cat to a private person. However, a person in possession of a big cat prior to January 1, 2010, may continue possession with a valid permit issued by the State Department of Agriculture.
Although private possession is prohibited, some institutions may possess a big cat with a valid permit, including wildlife rehabilitation centers authorized by the State Fish and Wildlife Commission, research facilities licensed by the USDA, veterinary hospitals or clinics, and law enforcement agencies. Permit holders must meet the State Department of Agriculture’s requirements and pay a permit fee for each big cat owned.
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Submitted by Sammy Hood on Tue, 01/22/2013 - 4:26pm
Kentucky prohibits private possession of big cats. It is unlawful to possess inherently dangerous exotic animals and Kentucky law classifies tigers, lions, leopards, jaguars, cheetahs, clouded leopards, mountain lions, and cougars as inherently dangerous exotic animals. If a person was in possession of a big cat prior to July 2005, that person may maintain possession of that cat only and no breeding is permitted. Some institutions are exempt and may possess big cats, including circuses, official municipality zoos, government agencies, colleges or universities, or similar educational or research institutions for scientific or educational purposes.
Submitted by Sammy Hood on Tue, 01/22/2013 - 4:18pm
Illinois prohibits private possession of big cats. It is unlawful to possess any dangerous animal and Illinois law classifies lions, tigers, leopards, ocelots, jaguars, cheetahs, mountain lions, lynx, and bobcats as dangerous animals. Some institutions are exempt from this prohibition and may possess big cats, including zoos, federally licensed exhibits, circuses, colleges or universities, scientific institutions, research laboratories, veterinary hospitals, and refuges.
Submitted by Sammy Hood on Tue, 01/22/2013 - 4:03pm
Minnesota prohibits private possession of any cat other than a domestic cat. A person in possession of a big cat prior to January 1, 2005 may maintain possession if the person satisfies registration, micro chipping and inspection requirements. The owner must pay an annual fee of twenty-five dollars per animal up to two hundred and fifty dollars for all big cats owned.
Big cats may be possessed for public exhibition purposes with a permit. A permit will be issued only if the owner has satisfactory education or experience to care for animal, consents to an inspection of the facilities, provides a statement about all employees’ education and experience caring for wildlife, provides a description of facilities in which the big cat will be kept and the other animals to be exhibited, and pays a ten dollar permit fee. Zoos, circuses, and pet shops are exempt from this provision and may exhibit big cats without a permit.