Feline Conservation Federation

Mississippi

Mississippi Regulations on Wild and Exotic Felines

Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks
P.O. Box 451
Jackson, MS 39205
601-362-9212

State Web Site: http://www.ms.gov/
Department Web Site: http://www.mdwfp.com/

Short Summary: Must obtain permit for all large feline species (pantheras) as well as clouded, snows, cheetahs and cougars. Can get personal possession, or breeding or exhibiting permits. Requires $100,000 per animal Liability insurance, health certificate $300.00 per animal yearly fee. Sanctuaries are exempted from paying yearly fee, only if they are USDA Class C licensed. Permits have caging, housing, record keeping requirements.

Possession of bobcats is prohibited.

UPDATE

Hinds County, Mississippi passed an exotic animal ordinance that requires them to be registered with the Sheriff Department. Link below is a copy of the county agenda concerning this change.

http://www.co.hinds.ms.us/pgs/BoardAgenda/docs/0398_001.pdf