Feline Conservation Federation

Texas

 Texas Regulations on Wild and Exotic Felines

State Website: http://www.texas.gov

Department of State Health Services - Department Website:

http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/

Texas Online 512.936.2669 email at Larry.Hutchison@dir.state.tx.us

Short Summary: In 2001 the Texas legislature passed a state law mandating that all counties either regulate or ban dangerous wild animlas. A list of species considered dangerous contains nearly all felines, with only a few species such as Geoffroys cats, jungle cats and Asian leopard cats not listed. 

Each county must develop a plan to administer a registration process that requires a permit fee, caging standards, $100,000 liability insurance and veterinary care requirements as outlined in the state law.

Many counties have chosen to ban possession of feliens rather then fund a county registration requirement. Contact county clerk of the court to request a copy of the county animal ordinances.