Feline Conservation Federation


Minnesota Regulations on Wild and Exotic Felines

Department of Natural Resources
P.O. Box 20
St. Paul, MN 55155

State Web Site: http://mn.gov/
Department Web Site: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/

Short Summary: As of January 2005, acquiring exotic felines for pets is illegal. All existing felines must be registered with county and state. Persons possessing a registered regulated animal may replace the regulated animal if it dies, but may replace it only once.  Those that are USDA licensed may acquire new ones to maintain the numbers of regulated animals they possessed on the effective date and breed and sell animals to other USDA licensees, buyers outside the state, and to those who were grandfathered who are replacing an animal.  

Fully exempt are AZA zoos, wildlife sanctuaries that only breed if for a SSP, licensed game farms with the Department of Natural Resources with bobcats, Canada lynx or cougars,  persons with a permit issued by the Department, research or medical institutions, circus, rodeo, or fair.

statute 345.166 https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/?id=346.155