Feline Conservation Federation

Louisiana

Louisiana Regulations on Wild and Exotic Felines

Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
P.O. Box 98000
Baton Rouge, LA 70898
225-765-2800


State Web Site: http://louisiana.gov/
Department Website: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/

Short Summary: In 2007, a new state law went into effect limiting cougar, lion, tiger, leopard, clouded leopard, snow leopard, cheetah, and jaguar to AZA zoos, circuses, research facilities, and colleges and university mascots.  Other zoos, educational institutions, and AZA sanctuaries must have a permit.   

Present owners may keep their large cats acquired before August 15, 2006, but must register and have a current health certificate, recapture plan, signed agreement holding everyone harmless for damages, signed statement of responsibility for all costs of capture and disposition of cats, $100,000 insurance per cat up to $1,000,000 from an A or higher rated company, weapon to destroy the cat and chemical immobilizer with a name of vet available to deliver it, sign on all entrances, microchips, and enclosure requirements.  Cats must remain in an enclosure except for medical care.  No breeding or acquiring new cats allowed. Sanctuaries may not acquire new cats. Large cats may not be imported into the state.

Possession of bobcats requires a non-game quadruped exhibitor or breeder license. 
 
In 2010, a law passed allowing owners of illegal animals to surrender them without penalty, provided they surrender them before an investigation. 

In 2012, a law passed allowing a representative from the entertainment industry to take, possess, and transport wild quadrupeds within and from the state for entertainment purposes.

Louisiana (SB 250) Effective 8/1/2014 Those who continually possessed a regulated species of exotic cat since 2006 may get a permit even those who never obtained one.