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Stoat Legality

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Stoat Legality

Postby Luxe » Sun Mar 08, 2015 4:51 am

Somewhere I thought I saw that stoats were protected nationwide here in the US, but I can't find said document. Are they illegal to own nationwide, is basically what I'm asking, similar to the Giant African Land Snails(banned nationwide)? If not then I can certainly handle whether the state bans them or not. I have a few people here interested in them, but I've personally not researched on them, so the first thing for me to check is if there's a nationwide ban and then go from there.

I am finding that there seems to be no breeders, though...
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Re: Stoat Legality

Postby BlueBaby1023 » Sun Mar 08, 2015 8:56 pm

From what I can find, they aren't listed as Injurious Wildlife.

http://www.fws.gov/injuriouswildlife/pd ... ted_IW.pdf

TG will know more, though, I'm sure!
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Re: Stoat Legality

Postby TamanduaGirl » Sun Mar 08, 2015 10:47 pm

Stoats are native to the USA so can't be injurious as you can't be invasive in your own country, well they could since they aren't all over but it's not that likely, and they still wouldn't get listed that way. They are not endangered either so there is no nation ban that I know of but most states ban keeping of native wildlife. Maybe you are confusing them with black footed ferrets since they are endangered so protected nationwide? Saw nothing of them being listed with CDC either.
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Re: Stoat Legality

Postby BlueBaby1023 » Sun Mar 08, 2015 11:37 pm

I didn't even know stoats were native, I've only seen Martins. So, in a state like Florida where all animals that aren't listed as Class 1 or 2 are auto Class 3, theoretically it would be legal to own one? I mean, not that I'm personally interested but Florida is one of the more clearly worded legislated states.
4 Fancy Rats
2 American Guinea Pigs
1 Holland Lop Rabbit
1 Rex Rabbit
2 Ferrets
1 Lutino Cockatiel
5 Mixed Breed Cats
1 PitxLab
1 Great Pyr
1 Greyhound
2 Great PyrxAnatolian Shepherds
2 Red Foxes
5 Goats
~100 chickens, ducks, and turkeys
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Re: Stoat Legality

Postby TamanduaGirl » Mon Mar 09, 2015 12:07 am

Yeah, Mustela erminea is native, AKA stoat, ermine or short-tailed weasel.

And yeah if it's not illegal in that state then it would be legal to have long as come by legal.
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Re: Stoat Legality

Postby Luxe » Tue Mar 10, 2015 1:38 am

Ok thanks! I'll call F&W to double check. I thought I'd found some hints that they were protected somewhere, but could not find exact documentation on it, only that CA banned them(which isn't surprising).

If they're legal here, that only leaves the problem that my searches came up with 0 breeders.
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