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Possessing Live Wildlife-Quick Reference Guide



This reference guide lists some of the species that Wyoming Game and Fish Department (Department) personnel are commonly asked about possessing and/or importing.  The table within this quick reference guide indicates if possession and/or importation of live wildlife is allowed and if a permit is required.  If a species is allowed for possession under a permit, wildlife housing restrictions and other conditions may be required prior to the issuance of a permit and/or during the time frame of the permit.  Each application to possess live wildlife is reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

For more detailed information, see the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission Regulation Chapter 10, Regulation for Importation, Possession, Confinement, Transportation, Sale and Disposition of Live Wildlife under the “Possession of Live Wildlife” section located on the Department’s website (http://wgfd.wyo.gov) via the “Regulations” link.  Application forms may be downloaded from this site.

How do I get a Chapter 10 Permit?

Applications are available at “Possession of Live Wildlife” or from your local game warden and Department regional offices.  Applications should be submitted to your local game warden or fisheries biologist for initial approval.  Game wardens and fisheries biologists can assist you with the application process.  Please allow a few weeks for the processing of all permit applications.  If a permit is required, it must be in possession PRIOR to importation or possession of live wildlife.  Permit renewals for wildlife that will be in your possession after the existing permit expires shall be applied for at least 90 days prior to the expiration of the existing permit. If you have questions regarding the possession and/or importation of any species, please contact the nearest Department regional office for additional information.
 

NOTE:

  • All non-game wildlife used for any type of commercial use requires a Chapter 10 permit for possession. 
  • Common pets such as domestic varieties of dogs, cats, gerbils, hamsters, mice, rats, guinea pigs and ferrets are exempted from Wyoming Game and Fish Commission regulations.  
  • Please check with the United State Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) prior to importing or possessing wildlife.  
  • Wildlife may carry toxins or diseases.  Public display, where there is a possibility of exposure, may be regulated by the Wyoming Department of Health or federal agencies.  Please check with a veterinarian for vaccination information. 
  • If wildlife is to be used for scientific research, education, or a special purpose that is deemed beneficial to conservation or management goals of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, the wildlife may, upon approval, be possessed with a Chapter 33 permit.
  • While the Department may allow the possession or importation of various wildlife species, local laws, ordinances, and covenants may be more restrictive.  It is your responsibility to comply with all local laws, ordinances and covenants before importing or possessing live wildlife.
  • Additionally, the Wyoming Livestock Board, Wyoming Department of Health, United State Fish and Wildlife Service, counties, municipalities and subdivisions have enacted further rules and regulations pertaining to the possession of wildlife.  Contact these agencies directly for further information.
  • Please check the USFWS list of injurious wildlife for species prohibited from transportation between states.

Agency Contacts

Agency Phone Website
Animal Damage Management Board 307-777-6433 http://www.wyadmb.com/
Wyoming Dept. of Health 307-777-7656 https://health.wyo.gov/
Wyoming Livestock Board 307-777-7515 https://wlsb.state.wy.us/public
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service 307-772-2374 www.fws.gov/
Wyoming Game & Fish Dept. 307-777-4600 Cheyenne & Regional Offices
 

Possessing Live Wildlife - Quick Reference Table

This information provides basic guidelines and information regarding the complex issue of importing and possessing wildlife.  Additional permits may be required if live wildlife are used for other purposes, for example falconry (WGFD Commission Regulation Chapter 25), scientific research/educational programs/special purpose (WGFD Commission Regulation Chapter 33), or rehabilitation (WGFD Commission Regulation Chapter 45).

View/print Possessing Live Wildlife-Quick Reference Guide (pdf format).
 
Species (Common Name) Possession
Allowed?
Permit
Required?
Additional Information (also see NOTE section above) 
Amphibians Yes No Wyoming toads are prohibited from importation/possession. Importation of non-native salamanders is prohibited.  Other amphibians may be possessed/imported without a permit.  Amphibians may not be imported for use as live fishing bait.
Badger, American Yes Yes  
Bats Yes Yes  
Bear, Black and Grizzly No N/A  
Beaver, North American Yes Yes  
Birds, Game
(Also see "Mallard," below)
Yes Yes Wild turkeys are prohibited from importation/possession.  Migratory game birds may require a U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) permit in conjunction with a state permit.  The Wyoming Livestock Board regulates domestic livestock and poultry.
Birds, Nongame Yes Yes Requires a USFWS permit in conjunction with state permit.
Birds, Other (Rock pigeons, Eurasian collared-doves, and mute swans) Yes No (unless imported) Do not require a permit unless imported.
Birds, Predacious (house sparrows and European starlings) Yes No (unless imported Do not require a permit unless imported.
Birds, Prohibited:
    -Parakeet, Monk 
        (aka Quaker)   
    -Wild turkey    
No N/A  
Birds, Raptors No N/A Possession may be permitted under other WGF Commission Regulations.  Please check federal regulations.
Bobcat Yes Yes  
Camel, Domestic Yes No The Wyoming Livestock Board regulates domestic livestock and poultry.
Chinchilla Yes No  
Chipmunks Yes Yes Least chipmunks may be possessed and do not require a permit unless imported.
Coatimundi Yes Yes  
Coyote Yes No Importation prohibited by Animal Damage Management Board rules.
Crustaceans Yes No Please refer to WGF Commission Regulation Ch. 62, Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS), for prohibited species.  may not be imported for use as live fishing bait.
Deer No N/A All deer species, including reindeer, red deer are prohibited.
Duck, Muscovy Yes No The Wyoming Livestock Board regulates domestic livestock and poultry.
Elk No N/A  
Emu Yes No The Wyoming Livestock Board regulates domestic livestock and poultry.
Ferret, Black-footed No N/A  
Ferret, Domestic Yes No  
Fish, Game No N/A May be permitted/licensed under other WGFD regulations.
Fish, Goldfish Yes No Must be confined in aquaria.
Fish, Marine Yes No Can only live in salt water.  Must be confined in aquaria or reared in aquaponics not connected to waters of the state.
Fish, Nongame Yes Yes Please refer to WGF Commission Regulation Ch. 62, Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS), for prohibited species.
Fish, Tropical Yes NO Defined as not being able to live in water temps below 50 degrees Fahrenheit.  Must be confined in aquaria or reared in aquaponics not connected to waters of the state.  Please refer to WGF Commission Regulation Ch. 62, Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS), for prohibited species.
Fox, Red Yes No Importation prohibited by Animal Damage Management Board rules.
Gophers Yes Yes Northern pocket gophers may be possessed and do not require a permit unless imported.
Ground Squirrels Yes No (unless imported) Do not require a permit unless imported.
Hedgehog, Domestic Yes No  
Jackrabbit Yes No Importation prohibited by Animal Damage Management Board rules.
Kangaroos / Wallabies Yes Yes  
Lion, Mountain No N/A  
Lynx No N/A  
Mallard, Domestic Yes No Defined as morphologically distinct from wild mallards.  The Wyoming Livestock Board regulates domestic livestock and poultry.
Mallard, Captive-reared Yes Yes Typically used for dog training.
Marmot Yes Yes  
Marten Yes Yes  
Mice, Native Yes Yes House, northern grasshopper, western harvest and North American deer mouse may be possessed and do not require a permit unless imported.
Mink Yes Yes  
Moles Yes Yes  
Mollusks Yes No Please refer to WGF COmmission Regulation Ch. 62, Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS), for prohibited species.  May not be imported for use as live fishing bait.
Monkeys Yes Yes  
Moose No N/A  
Muskrat Yes Yes  
Opossum, Virginia Yes No (unless imported) Do not require a permit unless imported.
Ostrich Yes No The Wyoming Livestock Board regulates domestic livestock and poultry.
Otter, River No N/A  
Peccaries No N/A  
Pigs, Wild and other members of the family Suidae No N/A Prohibited, except domestic pigs and pot-bellied pigs.  The Wyoming Livestock Board regulates domestic livestock and poultry.
Pika No N/A  
Piranha Yes No Must be confined to aquaria.
Porcupine, North American Yes No Importation prohibited by Animal Damage Management Board rules.
Prairie Dog Yes No (unless imported) Do not require a permit unless imported.
Pronghorn No N/A  
Rabbit, Cottontail Yes Yes  
Rabbit, European No N/A  
Raccoon Yes No Importation prohibited by Animal Damage Management Board rules.
Rat, Norway Yes No (unless imported) Do not require a permit unless imported.
Reptiles, Native Yes No May not be imported for use as live fishing bait.
Reptiles, Non-native Yes No Please check federal regulations for prohibited species.  May not be imported for use as live fishing bait.
Rhea, Domestic Yes No The Wyoming LIvestock Board regulates domestic livestock and poultry.
Shrews Yes Yes  
Skunks Yes No Importation prohibited by Animal Damage Management Board rules.
Squirrels Yes Yes  
Sugar Glider Yes No  
Vicuna, Domestic Yes No  
Voles, Native Yes Yes Meadow voles may be possessed and do not require a permit unless imported.
Weasels Yes Yes  
Wolves and
Wolf Hybrids
No N/A  
Wolverine No N/A  
Woodrat, Bushy-tailed Yes No (unless imported) Do not require a permit unless imported.







 
 

 
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