Feline Conservation Federation


Kentucky Regulations on Wild and Exotic Felines

Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources
#1 Game Farm Road
Frankfort, KY 40601

State Web Site: http://www.kentucky.gov/
Department Web Site: http://fw.ky.gov/

Policies: Transport and holding exotic wildlifeTransport and holding native wildlife

Live Wildlife Possession Page: http://fw.ky.gov/Wildlife/Pages/Live-Wildlife-Possession.aspx

Short Summary: Possession or importation of cougar, lion, tiger, leopard, jaguar, clouded leopard, snow leopard, or cheetah is limited to only AZA accredited zoos, municipally operated zoos, college or university, scientific or licensed educational institution, circus, exhibitor contracted by a county or state fair, or service animals under the ADA that obtain written permission from the commissioner or those with a transportation permit in the state less than 96 nonconsecutive hours.
For native bobcat, Kentucky issues both Commercial Captive Wildlife Permits and Non-Commercial Captive Wildlife Permits. Application for either type of permit must be made within ten days after taking possession of a wildlife species. Wildlife must be acquired only from legal, licensed sources. If acquired from outside the state, a transportation permit must be obtained prior to importation. If acquired inside Kentucky, there is no import permit requirement.
Confining facilities shall be large enough to allow reasonable space for exercise, shelter, and maintenance of sanitary conditions. The holder of a captive wildlife permit shall allow a conservation officer to inspect the facilities at any reasonable time.

Requires a transportation permit to import any wildlife into the state. Transportation permit application requires a bill of sale on the animal and a health certificate.