Summary of Law: It is unlawful for persons to possess any wolf, skunk, or any member of the Felidae (cats, except domesticated) and Ursidae (bear) families unless the animal was in possession prior to March 1, 1986. However, there are no state requirements for non-human primates and reptiles. Nebraska Rev. Stat. §37-477
Badgers, beavers, bobcats, cottontail rabbits, crows, deer, mules, ducks, fox, geese, grouse, lynx, migratory birds, minks, muskrats, opossums, partridges, pheasants, quail, raccoons, river otters, big horn sheep, fox squirrels, gray squirrels and flying squirrels, trumpeter swans and tundra swans, turkeys and weasels, require a permit: Captive Wildlife Permit, a Controlled Shooting Area Permit, a Scientific Collectors Permit or a Rehabilitation Permit
Bobcats, deer, quail and turkeys are only commercial permits, no individual permits.
Nebraska Administrative Code 008.01F is housing requirments
Nebraska Administrative Code 008.02 states that it is unlawful for anyone to possess in captivity, wild birds or mammals unless proof is provided the seller was licensed in state or federally.
Nebraska Administrative Code 008.07 lists the species of exotic animals that are banned in the State of Nebraska: Asian raccoon dogs, white-tailed deer, mule deer, red deer, wild pig, bighorn and thinhorn sheep
Nebraska Administrative Code 008.08 lists the wildlife that can be imported, exported, released or commercialized in the State of Nebraska: Animals that can be imported are alpaca, blackbuck, camels, chinchillas, coatimundis, degus, elands, elk, fallow deer, fox, genets, gerbils, goats, guanaco, guinea pigs, hedgehogs, jerboas, llamas, David's deer, reindeer, aoudad sheep, bighorn sheep, mouflon sheep, thinhorn sheep, sika deer, sugar gliders, tahr, vicuna, wallabies, water buffalo, yak, ratites, waterfowl, peafowl, game birds, and all cage and aviary birds. Animals that can be exported are those reptiles, fish, amphibians, crustaceans and mollusks as long as the exportation is governed by Ch. 4, Wildlife Regulations, Sec. 010 and Ch. 2 Fisheries Regulations, Sec. 002, 005 and 009.
In addition to the wildlife listed in 008.08A, all wildlife immediately destined for reception at an American Zoological Association accredited facility, any facility operated by a city, village, state, or federal agency, a wildlife exhibit licensed by the United States Department of Agriculture, prior to January 1, 2006, or possessed by a circus licensed by the United States Department of Agriculture, or any wildlife transported in direct passage through Nebraska in accordance with appropriate federal and state regulations may be imported.
(the above is written poorly it reads as if you needed the USDA prior to 2006 I guess if you were licensed in 2007 then no go?)
The animals listed in 008.08A may be imported into Nebraska. If an animal is not listed, it cannot be imported into Nebraska. Regarding the USDA permit and 2006 date, I am not sure why that date is a cut-off point. The following telephone number will connect you to a USDA inspector who may be able to answer that question (redacted). Foxes needing permits to keep in captivity (red and grey) are native to Nebraska. The import lists indicates that any foxes in the Vulpes genus are allowed to be imported, including fennec foxes. Other than red and grey foxes, a permit is not needed from Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for other foxes in the Vulpes genus.
Jeff D. Hoffman
Assistant Division Administrator
Nebraska Game & Parks Commission
2200 N. 33rd
Lincoln, NE 68503
So you can have foxes but not anteaters. I didn't call the inspector because it's state law not USDA law. Best guess they exempted USDA but then changed the law to not exempt them so as a grandfather clause anyone who had it before the date of the update stayed exempted but no new USDA could get exempted.
Citation: NEB. REV. STAT. §37-477, Nebraska Administrative Code 008.01B, 008.03
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