Delaware Regulations on Wild and Exotic Felines
Department of Agriculture
2320 South DuPont Highway
Dover, DE 19901
Short Summary: Delaware revised its exotic animal permit system in 2010. Must have permit to possess animals not native to state - has specific carnivore category and hybrid of a wild mammal category for hybrids. Must have USDA caging and secondary enclosure (perimeter fence), but Accredited Zoo, Exhibitor, and Rehabilitation permits may request a variance. Delaware issues the following permits:
Individual – for pet ownership that must be renewed every 3 years
Accredited Zoo – for AZA accredited facilities
Exhibitor – One permit covers all animals, but the exhibitor must notify the Department within 60 days before the exhibition with the dates and activity list. Must have a public health and safety plan, animal attack protocol, and animal health plan available upon request. A sales permit is required if selling animals. It does not permit breeding.
Rehabilitator – Issued for short term care and rehabilitation. Native bobcats require a permit from the DNREC too.
Sales – Does not allow the breeding of carnivores or hybrids of wild mammals, so the breeding of all exotic felines and hybrids is prohibited under this license.