What exotic pets are legal in West Virginia?

What exotic pets are legal in West Virginia?

West Virginia Dangerous non-native wild animals include bears, elephants, gray wolves, big cats, rhinoceroses, many primates, and more. You are allowed to keep ferrets and lemurs as pets.

Is it legal to own a bear in West Virginia?

West Virginia citizens can not own dangerous, non-native animals such as bears, elephants, big cats,etc.

What animals are illegal to own in West Virginia?


  • Gray wolves (excludes hybrids)
  • Lions.
  • Tigers.
  • Jaguars.
  • Leopards (includes clouded leopards, Sunda clouded leopards, snow leopards)
  • Cheetahs and domestic hybrids.
  • Lynxes and domestic hybrids.
  • Can you own a tiger in West Virginia?

    Owning a pet tiger is considered legal or is unregulated in eight states, all of which have rather lax regulatory laws concerning animal rights in general: North Carolina, Alabama, Delaware, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. Tigers are surprisingly cheap to purchase as a pet.

    Can you own a red panda?

    However, the Red Panda is wild and does not make a good pet. They don’t want to be pets either. Endangered already because of poachers and black market smugglers, these animals are being conserved and protected by the law in their natural habitat. It’s illegal to possess a Red Panda.

    What pets are legal in Virginia?

    4VAC15-30-40. Importation requirements, possession, and sale of nonnative (exotic) animals.

    Order Family Common Name
    Carnivora Canidae Wild Dogs,* Wolves, Coyotes or Coyote hybrids, Jackals and Foxes
    Ursidae Bears*
    Procyonidae Raccoons and* Relatives

    Can I own a red panda?

    What Animals Can I own in West Virginia?

    According to the state’s laws on exotic pets, it is illegal to own “dangerous, non-native” wild animals in West Virginia. It was outlawed in 2015 to keep bears, gray wolves, elephants, rhinoceros, big cats, and some other primates. Under this law, it is legal to own animals such as ferrets and lemurs.

    What animals are illegal to own in WV?

    Is it illegal to own a red panda?

    Wild, endangered animals have all the drawbacks of unendangered wild pets plus are illegal. If you want to “own” a red panda, research zoos that have programs which allow you to “adopt” a zoo animal.

    Is it possible to keep a panda as a pet?

    The Panda (I assume you are referring to the Giant Panda ( Ailuropoda melanoleuca), and not the arboreal mammal, the Red Panda) cannot be kept as a pet, primarily for the very simple reason that it is an endagered species. Ironic as it may sound, the Giant Panda is also, incidentally the mascot of the World Wildlife Fund.

    Is it legal to own an exotic animal in Nevada?

    Nevada has the loosest exotic pet laws, where some animals such as tigers, non-human primates, elephants, and wolves are legal to own without a permit. However, alligators, crocodiles, coyotes, foxes, raccoons are not legal to own in the state.

    Can a red panda be a house cat?

    After a few generations, the red pandas would start to be more domesticated and more like a house cat in temperament. Only then could they be pets, and breeding would still have to be tightly controlled for the next 100+ years to prevent inbreeding and undesirable traits.