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Postby TamanduaGirl » Thu Feb 16, 2012 8:49 pm

Summary of Law: No person may possess a dangerous wild animal without first obtaining a license (certificate of registration). Dangerous wild animals are defined as "Dangerous wild animal" means: a lion; a tiger; an ocelot; a cougar; a leopard; a cheetah; a jaguar; a bobcat; a lynx; a serval; a caracal; a hyena; a bear; a coyote; a jackal; a baboon; a chimpanzee; an orangutan; a gorilla; or any hybrid of an animal listed in this subdivision.. However, there are no requirements for a person possessing all other exotic animals not listed above, such as monkeys, etc.

TITLE 25 HEALTH SERVICES
PART 1 DEPARTMENT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES
CHAPTER 169 ZOONOSIS CONTROL
SUBCHAPTER G CAGING REQUIREMENTS AND STANDARDS FOR DANGEROUS WILD ANIMALS
RULE §169.131 Caging Requirements and Standards for Dangerous Wild Animals

http://www.animallaw.info/statutes/stustx822_101.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

http://info.sos.state.tx.us/pls/pub/rea" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; ... d%20animal

Note: ALL foxes are banned under the below all even exotic foxes like fennecs. None are exempted at this time. This is from contact through official channels. Fennecs are being confiscated. However some of the officials have actually encouraged residents to try and get the law changed to allow fennecs.

In regards to fur bearers and listed under natural resources:

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/business/pe ... d/wildlife" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
"Fur-bearing animals may not be possessed as pets."

http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/publication ... packet.pdf" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
"A Fur-bearing Animal Propagator is a person licensed to take or possess a living fur-bearing animal and hold it for propagation or sale. Species subject to these requirements include badger, beaver, civet cat, all fox, mink, muskrat, nutria, opossum, otter, raccoon, ring-tailed cat and all skunks." "A Fur-bearing Propagation Permit does not authorize individuals to possess live fur-bearing animals as pets. This IS NOT a “pet permit.”"

http://info.sos.state.tx.us/pls/pub/rea" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; "Texas Administrative Code TITLE 31 PART 2 CHAPTER 65 SUBCHAPTER Q STATEWIDE FUR-BEARING ANIMAL PROCLAMATION "


Since many still don't believe it here are a couple letters from officials.

http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/FennecFox/message/36371
" I went over Pianka and spoke with chief Sinclar (head) for Texas Fish and Wild Life. He has confirmed that Fennecs will be classified under "foxes" even though they are considered an exotic species"


http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/FennecFox/message/36508
"Karen Pianka

Wildlife Permits Coordinator
Texas Parks & Wildlife
4200 Smith School Road
Austin, Texas 78744
(512) 389-4491"

The law has not changed regarding this issue. What we have is a statutory
definition of furbearing animal, which includes all species of fox:

Parks & Wildlife Code, Section 71.001. Definitions. In this subtitle: (1)
"Fur-bearing animal" means wild beaver, otter, mink, ring-tailed cat, badger,
skunk, raccoon, muskrat, opossum, fox, or nutria.
http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/D ... /PW.71.htm

Therefore, the permitting section must consider all species of fox to be
regulated under this subchapter, thus considered protected wildlife and
requiring a special permit to maintain legal possession. That said, it is my
understanding that since the fennec fox is not considered a native species to
Texas, a change may be needed to require that only species considered native to
Texas be covered under this subchapter. Such a change would need to be submitted
to the legislature in the form of a bill. A legislative session is coming up, so
that would probably be your most effective strategy.

In the meantime, I will inquire with our Interim Diversity Program Director and
Chief of Wildlife Law Enforcement whether they have other suggestions.

Thank you very much for your time."


"Dear ,

All species of fox, including the fennec fox, are regulated as fur-bearing
animals in Texas. Possession of live fur-bearing animals requires a special
permit. The permits which would allow for legal possession of a fur-bearing
animal are fur-bearer propagation permits, zoological or scientific research
permits. It is not legal to keep these animals solely as pets.



Information concerning the permits mentioned above is located at



http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/business/pe ... /wildlife/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;



In the event that you have a concern that illegal activity is being
conducted involving wildlife, this may be reported anonymously to Operation
Game Thief by calling 1-800-792-GAME.



Thank you,



Karen Pianka
Wildlife Permits Coordinator
Texas Parks & Wildlife
4200 Smith School Road
Austin, Texas 78744
(512) 389-4491"
http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/Fenn ... sage/36277" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;


Recently some in the Dept have been saying it is now legal to have fennecs and that the definition of foxes as fur bearers only applies to native species. Nutria are not native and it applies to them. So here's the thing, the code has not changed, the law has not changed, apparently the depts interpretation of it has BUT since this is NOT a law change their interpretation of it can change again, like soon as who's in charge changes again, and then fennecs will start being seized again. Sadly just saying or even proving you were told it's legal will not protect you and your fox.

Until the law it's self is changed to clarify the definition, it is not safe to get a fennec.

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