Feline Conservation Federation


Wisconsin Regulations on Wild and Exotic Felines

Department of Natural Resources
Box 7921
Madison, WI 53707

State Website: http://www.wisconsin.gov/
Department Website: http://dnr.wi.gov/  

Short Summary: Regulates native species bobcat, cougar and lynx, but not exotic wildlife. State allows possession of these species for exhibition or advertising purposes and issues an Exhibitor License. Applicants must provide information on location of exhibit, source of exhibit animals, and hold a USDA license to exhibit.

State also issues permit for Game Farms to those engaged in the breeding or hobby keeping of wildlife.

Cougars are considered harmful wild animals and require special permission, but vets and public zoos are exempt.