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Nutria legalities

Postby Gryffindor » Sun Jan 14, 2018 11:31 pm

I was curious what the legalities of owning nutria are. Considering they're invasive and I guess considered fur bearers, is it legal to own or breed them anywhere? I feel like I've heard before that they're legal in Florida with the right permits, whatever those are, but I don't remember exactly now.
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Re: Nutria legalities

Postby TurkRoach » Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:54 am

iirc in FL the permit you need for coypu is the conditional species permit which is not given to pet owners. Surprisingly coypu are not federally regulated like raccoon dogs and meerkats.
http://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/nonna ... nditional/
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Re: Nutria legalities

Postby TamanduaGirl » Mon Jan 15, 2018 3:42 pm

It varies by state. In Oregon you'd need the prohibited species permit but you need that for a lot of things, so essentially banned unless you have the funds to make a facility to their standards to prevent escape etc. But they aren't invasive in all states and some have no laws about them.
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Re: Nutria legalities

Postby Gryffindor » Tue Jan 16, 2018 12:54 am

Aww man, I didn't realize that you couldn't possess conditional species, I thought you'd just need the permit for them. That's a shame, nutria seem really awesome. I'm surprised they never pop up in the exotic trade if there's no laws on them in other states. But then, a lot of rodents don't seem to be very popular for some reason.

Well, I guess there's still muskrats...
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Re: Nutria legalities

Postby TamanduaGirl » Tue Jan 16, 2018 2:04 am

Sorry I was talking about Oregon, not Florida, technically you can get a permit for the prohibited species, in Oregon, but they make it hard to get so not worth it to the average person just wanting a house pet but technically you could have it as a pet(noncommercial reason), but locked up, etc isn't what most people want.

But in Florida, yeah, they are prohibited as pets, but a breeder/seller could potentially get a permit if jumping through hoops there http://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/nonna ... nditional/

While looking for Florida Alabama popped up and they are prohibited there as well.

Whoa they are more widespread than I realized but most of the white states are probably actually free of them or something would be reported https://www.nwrc.usgs.gov/special/nutria/namerica.htm

I think technically you could own one in Idaho but they probably would not let it be imported since they are rid of them there and they don't survive really cold and long winters.

You might be able to have them in Missouri with a the fur bearer permit.

South Dakota doesn't define what a fur bearing animal is that I could find so don't know if Nutria count or it's just domestic but if bred in captivity for more than 2 generations you can have them with documentation. If not counted as a fur bearing animal then it's exotic and is fine.

What I'd really like is Cuban hutia, someone import some already.

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