Feline Conservation Federation


California Regulations on Wild and Exotic Felines

Department of Fish and Game
License and Revenue Branch
3211 S Street
Sacramento, CA 95816

State Web Site: http://www.wildlife.ca.gov/
Department Website: http://www.dfg.ca.gov/ 
Department Regulations:

Short Summary: All felines and hybrids are banned as pets except domestic hybrids.  Issues the following special permits for other purposes:  
Animal Care - for grandfathered animals owned before January 1992
Exhibiting - only issue permits for educational purposes, and must have a written statement of purpose that specifically incorporates a "wild animals are not pets" message in the education policy. Must also present animals in a natural setting with natural behavior patterns.
Breeding - permits will be issued for animals that the department determines will not result in unwanted or uncared for animals or if species is endangered and needs to be propagated.
Single Event Breeding for Exhibitor - Allows exhibitors to conduct a one-time breeding of an animal
AZA Zoo - permit allows possession of only species listed on department approved permit inventory.
Research - must be college, government, or bona fide scientific institution.
Broker/Dealer - for those who conduct intrastate transport of animals for other permittees
Shelter - sanctuary license 
In 2010-2012, California made several changes to its rules regarding restricted species facilities.