Feline Conservation Federation


Pennsylvania Regulations on Wild and Exotic Felines

Pennsylvania Game Commission
2001 Elmerton AveHarrisburg, PA 17110
State Web Site: http://www.pa.gov/
Department Web Site: http://www.pgc.state.pa.us/

Regulations: Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes GAME AND WILDLIFE CODE (TITLE 34) Chapter 29 Subchapter D -PERMITS RELATING TO WILDLIFE. http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/LI/consCheck.cfm?txtType=HTM&ttl=34&div=0&chpt=29
Pennsylvania Code Chapter 147
Special Permits SubChapter 147.261 Possession Permit
Special Permits SubChapter 147.241 Wildlife Dealer

Short Summary: Native bobcats may not be kept or sold as pets, but may be kept or imported by licensed propagators.  Exempt are nationally recognized circuses that submit list of acts and dates, public zoological gardens that receive government grant, and AZA zoos. 
Requires a permit for exotic felines.

Experience required. A new applicant for an exotic wildlife possession permit and for an exotic wildlife dealer permit shall provide documentation of at least 2 years experience of hands-on work with the designated species, including care, feeding, handling, training and husbandry. This experience shall be from a recognized/approved facility by the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the owner, manager or licensee of this facility shall provide a letter of reference.

Exotic Wildlife Possession Permit ($50.00 per animal) that does not allow breeding and sale.

Exotic Wildlife Dealer Permit ($200.00) does allow breeding and resale.

Wildlife Menagerie Permit ($100) allows possession of cats as well as many other species, but to qualify, facility must be open to the public and charge a fee.

PA Game Commission has caging, housing, bill of sale, sanitation and general requirements to be met to qualify for permit. PA Game Commissioned Officer inspects facilities prior to permit approval.

Exotic Wildlife Possession Permit requires inspection by Pennsylvania Game Commissioned Officer prior to receiving animal.

Exotic Wildlife Dealer Permit allows the importation and possession of wildlife, but a separate permit must be applied for each animal.

Importation permit required to bring in animals from out of state.