Feline Conservation Federation


Oregon Regulations on Wild and Exotic Felines

Department of Fish and Wildlife
P.O. Box 59
Portland, OR 97207 503-872-5260

State Web Site: http://www.oregon.gov/
Department Web Site: http://www.dfw.state.or.us/

Short Summary: Neither bobcat nor lynx can be bartered, sold or purchased in the state of Oregon. Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife issues holding permit for bobcat, but it is not legal for Oregon residents to sell bobcats. Dept of F & W issue commercial wildlife propagators license for cougars.

On June 26, 2009, SB 391 was signed into law, banning exotic animals including all wild cats other than domestic hybrids.  Current owners had to prove ownership before January 1, 2010, obtain a permit before January 1, 2011, and meet the requirements for keeping exotic animals.  Relevant exemptions are rehabilitators, USDA facilities, animal protection organizations, law enforcement agencies, vets, non-profit wildlife sanctuaries, and those taking an exotic for less than 48 hours for an emergency.  USDA facilities may obtain a state permit if they decide to drop their USDA license.  The state also grants exceptions for those that breed wild cats under 50 pounds with domestic cats. 

Cats are divided into Class I, II and III. Applications require contact info, veterinary plans, escape plans, a site inspection and annual renewal. Caging construction and minimum cage sizes are established by the Agriculture Dept.

Oregon (SB 1584)  Effective 2/26/2014  A person with an approved disability for which a physician recommends having an exotic animal to help alleviate the disability who possessed the animal since before January 1, 2010 has until December 31, 2014 to obtain an exotic animal permit to keep the animal.