North Dakota


It is lawful to possess a big cat in North Dakota with a permit. Under North Dakota law, mountain lions, lions, jaguars, leopards, lions, tigers, and cheetahs are classified as Category 3 Wildlife because they pose an inherent danger or environmental hazard. Owners of Category 3 Wildlife must hold an Importation Permit and a Nontraditional Livestock License from the Game and Fish Department or the Board of Animal Health. These regulations require a health certification from a veterinarian, consent to inspection of all health records and facilities, and a detailed map of the facilities. Licenses must be renewed annually and may cost up to one hundred dollars.