578.023. 1. A person commits the offense of keeping a dangerous wild animal if he or she keeps any lion, tiger, leopard, ocelot, jaguar, cheetah, margay, mountain lion, Canada lynx, bobcat, jaguarundi, hyena, wolf, bear, nonhuman primate, coyote, any deadly, dangerous, or poisonous reptile, or any deadly or dangerous reptile over eight feet long, in any place other than a properly maintained zoological park, circus, scientific, or educational institution, research laboratory, veterinary hospital, or animal refuge, unless he or she has registered such animals with the local law enforcement agency in the county in which the animal is kept.
2. The offense of keeping a dangerous wild animal is a class C misdemeanor.
(L. 1983 S.B. 211 § 9, A.L. 2001 S.B. 462, A.L. 2014 S.B. 491)
Here is Missouri's laws on possession of native wildlife:
https://mdc.mo.gov/conmag/2006/08/all-a ... e-wildlife
more specific info on classes of wildlife
http://s1.sos.mo.gov/cmsimages/adrules/ ... 3c10-9.pdf
"Except for unweaned young, Class II wildlife
and bobcat, American badger, coyote, red fox
and gray fox may not roam freely anywhere
within a residence or inhabited dwelling."
The reason some are listed separately from class 2 is they are listed as allowed under the hobby permit but are subject to the same rule as class 2 in this part, not being allowed inside unrestrained.
"Wildlife, except skunks, foxes, coyotes,
and raccoons may be shipped, transported, or
consigned to a wildlife breeder by nonresidents
without a Missouri wildlife breeder
permit, but that wildlife shall be accompanied
by appropriate permit or other proof of
legality in the state of origin. Persons purchasing
wildlife at consignment sales shall
obtain a wildlife hobby or appropriate
wildlife breeder permit prior to the purchase,"
"that skunks may not be imported, bought, sold, transported, given away, or otherwise disposed of; that live white-tailed deer, white-tailed deer-hybrids, mule deer, mule deer-hybrids, raccoons, foxes, and coyotes may not be imported;" From the wildlife regulations above so only applies to native fox.
For a list of state regulations. Always contact your state department to verify legality! We do not make claims to this list being accurate though we strive for it to be. Changes in laws happen more frequently than we can keep up with and your regulators may interpret the law differently than we did.
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