Iowa Regulations on Wild and Exotic Felines
Department of Natural Resources
502 E. 9th Street
Wallace State Office Building
Des Moines, IA 50319
Short Summary: As of 2007, private possession, propagation, and importation of all wild cats is prohibited. Current owners had to register with the state before December 31, 2007 (those under 18 or who had felony convictions or misdemeanor drug offenses in the last 10 years were ineligible), payment of registration fees, implant a microchip in each animal, provide photos, and maintain $100,000 liability insurance with not more than a $250 deductible. Any violations of law will result in penalty and seizure and permanent disposition of the animals.
This law has 20 exemptions, some of which it does not apply, to include: accredited AZA zoos, 501 c 3 wildlife sanctuaries, circuses, state fairs, animal shelters, dangerous wild animals used as an agricultural animal, assistance animals, falconry licensees, a city, and, a veterinarian. Also exempted are persons who keep a dangerous wild animal pursuant to all of the following conditions:
a. The person is licensed by the United States department
of agriculture as provided in 9 C.F.R. ch. I.
b. The person is registered by the department of agriculture and land stewardship. Upon a complaint filed with the department of agriculture and land stewardship, the department may inspect the premises or investigate the practices of the registered person and suspend or revoke the registration for the same causes and in the same manner as provided in section 162.12.
Effective 7/1/2013 - Bengal cats and savannahs F4 and later are now exempt from the dangerous wild animal laws