Feline Conservation Federation


Kansas Regulations on Wild and Exotic Felines

Department of Wildlife and Parks
512 SE 25th Ave
Pratt, KS 67124
(620) 672-5911

State Website: http://www.kansas.gov/ 
Department Website: http://www.kdwpt.state.ks.us/ 

Short Summary: Small exotic felines may be kept, bred, sold, imported, and purchased, without limit in time or number.

New state law passed in 2006 limits possession of large cat species - lion, tiger, cougar, leopard, cheetah and jaguar.  Present owners who were not USDA licensed may keep their cats if they comply with caging rules, $250,000 liability insurance or bond, display signs on the property, maintain health and ownership records, recovery plan, and register with local animal control and may not acquire any more large felines.  Also bans direct public contact except the owner, registered designated handler or vet and bringing onto public property or commercial or retail establishment other than a vet.  AZA and ZAA facilities and licensed medical or research institutions are exempt from the possession and breeding restrictions and the requirement to register with the local animal control.  USDA exhibitors for a circus, rodeo, fair, or carnival are also exempt. 

Pet bobcats are not regulated, but bobcats kept for breeding require a Kansas Game Breeder permit.