matt brown asked in PetsOther - Pets · 1 decade ago

exotic pet regulations in GA?

im in need of info on ga's regs on foxes, racoons, and capuchin monkeys. are they leagel? what are the permits required?

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  • amy
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago
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    GA has a ban on many animals. If you read the first couple sentences of 27-5-4 (b), you will see permits for any primate and any carnivore such as foxes are only for certain commercial purposes. The only exception is that you can have a capuchin if you are disabled. GA also bans many native species, such as raccoons, gray foxes, and red foxes as pets.

    For any other questions, contact the Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division, Special Permit Unit, 2065 U.S. Highway 278, S.E., Social Circle, Georgia 30025 or call (770) 761-3044.

    27-5-4. Wild animal licenses and permits generally

    (a) Unless otherwise provided in Code Section 27-5-5, it shall be unlawful for any person to import, transport, transfer, sell, purchase, or possess any wild animal listed in Code Section 27-5-5 or specified by the board by regulation without first obtaining a wild animal license from the department as provided in Code Section 27-2-23 or a wild animal permit as provided in this Code section; provided, however, anyone holding a deer-farming license is not required to have a wild animal license or permit to possess farmed deer. Unless otherwise specified by the department, such license or permit shall be effective from April 1 through March 31 and may contain such conditions and restrictions, including restrictions as to numbers and species of animals, as the department determines appropriate in light of the provisions of this chapter. An applicant for a wild animal license or permit shall have the burden of proving that any wild animals subject to such license or permit are or will be imported, transported, transferred, sold, purchased, or possessed in compliance with this chapter.

    (b) (1) Except as provided in paragraph (2) of this subsection, wild animal licenses will be issued only to persons engaged in the wholesale or retail wild animal business or persons exhibiting wild animals to the public. Wild animal permits will be issued at no cost and only to persons for scientific or educational purposes, to persons with a permanent disability or disease as provided and for the purpose described in paragraph (2) of this subsection, or to a pond owner for grass carp or grass carp hybrids where the department has determined that the possession of such carp by the pond owner will not constitute a threat to wildlife; provided, however, that no such permit shall be required for persons buying triploid grass carp from properly licensed wild animal dealers authorized to sell grass carp where the bill of sale is retained by the buyer as proof of such sale and where the triploid grass carp are to be stocked only into a private pond; provided, further, that no such license or permit shall be required solely for the transportation of wild animals through this state where the animals remain in this state no more than 24 hours and are not sold or transferred while in this state.

    27-5-5. Wild animals for which license or permit required

    (b) Except as provided in this Code section, a license or permit is required for the following wild animals and any others specified by regulation of the board:

    (1) Class Mammalia:

    (E) Order Primates (monkeys, apes, etc.) -- All species except Family Hominidae;

    (K) Order Carnivora (weasels, ferrets, cats, bears, wolves, etc.) -- All species, except that a European ferret (Mustela putorius furo) may be sold, purchased, exhibited, or held as a pet without a license or permit; provided, however, that the ferret owner can provide valid documentation that the ferret was sexually neutered prior to seven months of age and is vaccinated against rabies with a properly administered vaccine approved for use on ferrets by the United States Department of Agriculture;

    Keeping Georgia Wildlife as Pets

    Laws Related to Native Wildlife

    By Georgia Law, most native species of wildlife cannot be held without permits or licenses. These licenses are not issued for the purpose of holding native wildlife as pets. These restrictions apply to the various species of animal, regardless of the origin or morphology.

    The following list of species native to Georgia may not be held as a pet regardless of its origin or morphology. Although extensive, this list does not include all native wildlife that is prohibited. If there is any doubt about the legality of possessing any species, contact the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Special Permit Unit.

    Mammals -

    • Gray Fox

    • Raccoon

    • Red Fox

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  • Frank
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    Hello. All you mention are regulated by The Georgia Dept. of Natural Resources…you need to contact the department and ask about each specific type of animal in order to determine if it is possible to obtain a license:

    Source(s): I am a zoologist with over 35 years experience at the Bronx Zoo and in field research, and am currently the animal care consultant for ( My bio and photos of some animals I’ve worked with is posted at
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  • 3 years ago

    No they're unique / wild for a reason. those animals are meant to stay in the habitat the position they're placed no longer to be presented into someones domicile and caged. There are already one of those outstanding number of animals accessible for domicile objective / possessing. Plus each and each of the poachers might want to be going to get them to make $$ and shortly might want to become extinct.

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