Kansas prohibits private possession of big cats. Under Kansas law, it is unlawful to possess dangerous regulated animals and lions, tigers, leopards, jaguars, cheetahs mountain lions, and hybrids are classified as a dangerous regulated animals. A person in possession of a big cat prior to July 1, 2006 with a valid USDA license may maintain possession, sell the animal to other USDA licensed facilities, or sell the animal to parties outside of Kansas.
Some institutions are exempt and may possess big cats, including American Zoo and Aquarium Association or Zoological Association of America accredited institutions, wildlife sanctuaries registered with the local animal control authority, licensed or accredited research or medical institutions, and USDA licensed exhibitors transporting animals or showing animals as part of a circus, carnival, rodeo, or fair.