Feline Conservation Federation


Oklahoma Regulations on Wild and Exotic Felines

Department of Wildlife Conservation
P.O. Box 53465
Oklahoma City, OK 73152

State Web Site: http://www.ok.gov/
Department Web Site: http://www.wildlifedepartment.com/

Short Summary: The state issues noncommercial wildlife breeder's permits and commercial wildlife breeder's permits.  However, exotic felines are exempt from the noncommercial wildlife breeder's, commercial wildlife breeder's, and import permits.  Native bears or cats with an adult weight that exceeds 50 pounds (black bear and cougar) may only be kept under a commercial breeder's permit as they are banned as pets.   

Importation into the state of bobcats or cougars requires an Import Permit. 

Cage construction and inspection is required before bobcat or cougar permit is issued. Requires that permitee follow the general care guidelines of the AWA. Permit fee is $48.00 for commercial permit and $10.00 for personal possession permit. Permit application is at: https://www.wildlifedepartment.com/sites/default/files/noncommercialbreeder.pdf

Exhibition of cougars requires either a Resident Cat/Bear Exhibitor's Permit or a Nonresident Cat/Bear Temporary Exhibitor's Permit. 

Effective 5/14/2013  In addition to owners of any member of the family felidae running at large being liable for death or injury to livestock, owners are now also liable for damages caused, including attorney and litigation fees.