Summary of Law: It is unlawful for a person to possess a wild animal. A wild animal is defined as: all members of the felidae family (except domestic cats); all members of the canidae family (except domestic dogs and fennec foxes); raccoons, skunks, all bears; all non-human primates, venomous reptiles, and crocodiles. Also all hybrids of any prohibited species. A person who possesses a wild animal on the effective date of the law, January 1, 2005, has 60 days to obtain a permit for the animal with the Department of Environmental Conservation.
Only f5 or later domestic to wild hybrid cats are allowed http://f1hybrids.com/new-york-hybrid-cat-laws/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; They also have to be registered with a recognized club like TICA.
Also prohibited any endangered species or non-native species they decide may be a threat.
USDA exhibitors, veterinarians, and some other exemptions like AZA and sanctuaries do exist but they must ONLY be used for that purpose. They can not also be pets.
http://www.dec.ny.gov/regs/3938.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
This includes all fox except for fennec and raccons.
In reply to if you need a permit for red foxes:
Agricultural pursuits involving the breeding of fox would only require a USDA license.
Other activities, depending upon the circumstances, may require a license from DEC.
This would depend on the reason one wishes to possess the fox. [...]
People who have legitimate “fur farms” with fox would need to go through NY Ag/Markets.
We only license native wildlife for scientific or educational purposes.
So, keeping them as pets would be illegal.
Paul R Stringer
Special Licenses Unit
Only slightly edited as I put 2 emails together for ease and clarity.
e. "Wild animal" shall not include "companion animal" as defined in
section three hundred fifty of the agriculture and markets law. Wild
animal includes, and is limited to, any or all of the following orders
(1) Nonhuman primates and prosimians,
(2) Felidae and all hybrids thereof, with the exception of the species
Felis catus (domesticated and feral cats, which shall mean domesticated
cats that were formerly owned and that have been abandoned and that are
no longer socialized, as well as offspring of such cats) and hybrids of
Felis catus that are registered by the American Cat Fanciers Association
or the International Cat Association provided that such cats be without
any wild felid parentage for a minimum of five generations,
(3) Canidae (with the exception of domesticated dogs and captive bred
fennec foxes (vulpes zerda)),
(5) All reptiles that are venomous by nature, pursuant to department
regulation, and the following species and orders: Burmese Python (Python
m. bivittatus), Reticulated Python (Python reticulatus), African Rock
Python (Python sabae), Green Anaconda (Eunectes maurinus), Yellow
Anaconda (Eunectes notaeus), Australian Amethystine Python (Morelia
amethistina and Morelia kinghorni), Indian Python (Python molurus),
Asiatic (water) Monitor (Varanus salvator), Nile Monitor (Varanus
nilocitus), White Throat Monitor (Varanus albigularis), Black Throat
Monitor (Varanus albigularis ionides) and Crocodile Monitor (Varanus
salvadori), Komodo Dragon (Varanus komodensis) and any hybrid thereof,
Native wildlife not included above are regulated under other wildlife laws such as the "game" laws"Small game" means black, gray and fox squirrels, European hares,
varying hares, cottontail rabbits, native frogs, native salamanders,
native turtles, native lizards, native snakes, coyotes, red fox (Vulpes
vulpes) and gray fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus) except captive bred red
fox or gray fox, raccoon, opossum, or weasel, skunk, bobcat, lynx,
muskrat, mink, except mink born in captivity, fisher, otter, beaver,
sable and marten but does not include coydogs.
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The first law banning all canines is newer so trump the captive bred fox allowance in this one
Citation: N.Y. ENVTL. CONSERV. §11-0103, §11-0303, §11-0511, §11-0512, §11-0516, §11-0103, and §11-0917; N.Y. AGRIC. & MKTS. §370.