What Exotic Pets are Legal in Wisconsin?

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Curious about what exotic pets are legal in Wisconsin? Then read on! Please note that this is not an all inclusive list, but only includes animals we personally educate about here at Exotic Pet Wonderland. 

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Relevant Exotic Pet Laws for Wisconsin

Here are the actual laws exotic pet laws for the state of Wisconsin. Please note that exotic pet laws are often unclear, and contacting your state’s game department is always the best bet to clarify. For the purpose of this article, we have personally reached out for needed clarification. 

Are Pet Foxes Legal In Wisconsin?

Yes, all species of pet fox are legal to keep in Wisconsin, however there are different requirements depending on the species. For more information on individual species, please read below. 

Are Arctic Foxes Legal In Wisconsin?

Yes, pet arctic foxes are legal in Wisconsin as long as you have an import permit and the arctic fox is from a USDA licensed breeder. More information on import permits can be found here. 

Are Red Foxes Legal In Wisconsin?

Yes, pet red foxes are legal in Wisconsin with a permit and when the fox is from a USDA licensed breeder.

In order to keep a pet red fox in Wisconsin, you need a Captive Wild Animal Farm license, which can be found here and must be renewed annually. More information on the regulations for owning a pet red fox in Wisconsin can be found here

Are Fennec Foxes Legal In Wisconsin?

Yes, pet fennec foxes are legal in Wisconsin as long as you have an import permit and the fennec fox is from a USDA licensed breeder. More information on import permits can be found here. 

Are Pale Foxes Legal In Wisconsin?

Yes, pet pale foxes are legal in Wisconsin as long as you have an import permit and the pale fox is from a USDA licensed breeder. More information on import permits can be found here. 

Are Gray Foxes Legal In Wisconsin?

Yes, pet gray foxes are legal in Wisconsin with a permit and when the fox is from a USDA licensed breeder.

In order to keep a pet gray fox in Wisconsin, you need a Captive Wild Animal Farm license, which can be found here and must be renewed annually. More information on the regulations for owning a pet gray fox in Wisconsin can be found here

Are Tanukis/Raccoon Dogs Legal In Wisconsin?

No, pet raccoon dogs/tanukis are not legal in Wisconsin, or an any other state. Read more information on why raccoon dogs are illegal everywhere here.

Are Mink Legal in Wisconsin?

Yes, pet mink are legal in Wisconsin with a permit and when the mink is from a USDA licensed breeder.

In order to keep a pet mink in Wisconsin, you need a Captive Wild Animal Farm license, which can be found here and must be renewed annually. More information on the regulations for owning a pet mink in Wisconsin can be found here

Are Raccoons Legal In Wisconsin?

Yes, pet raccoons are legal in Wisconsin with a permit and when the raccoon is from a USDA licensed breeder.

In order to keep a pet raccoon in Wisconsin, you need a Captive Wild Animal Farm license, which can be found here and must be renewed annually. More information on the regulations for owning a pet raccoon in Wisconsin can be found here.

Wisconsin law states that pet raccoons “may not be kept in any part of a building or home where people live unless receiving temporary health care, treatment or special handling”

Are Coyotes Legal In Wisconsin?

Yes, pet coyotes are legal in Wisconsin with a permit and when the coyote is from a USDA licensed breeder.

In order to keep a pet coyote in Wisconsin, you need a Captive Wild Animal Farm license, which can be found here and must be renewed annually. More information on the regulations for owning a pet coyote in Wisconsin can be found here.

Are Coydogs Legal In Wisconsin?

Yes, pet coydogs are are legal in Wisconsin with a permit and when the coydog is from a USDA licensed breeder.

In order to keep a pet coydog in Wisconsin, you need a Captive Wild Animal Farm license, which can be found here and must be renewed annually. More information on the regulations for owning a pet coydog in Wisconsin can be found here.

Are Lynx Legal in Wisconsin?

Yes, pet lynx are legal in Wisconsin with a permit and when the lynx is from a USDA licensed breeder.

In order to keep a pet lynx in Wisconsin, you need a Captive Wild Animal Farm license, which can be found here and must be renewed annually. More information on the regulations for owning a pet lynx in Wisconsin can be found here.

Are Bobcats Legal In Wisconsin?

Yes, pet bobcats are legal in Wisconsin with a permit and when the bobcat is from a USDA licensed breeder.

In order to keep a pet bobcat in Wisconsin, you need a Captive Wild Animal Farm license, which can be found here and must be renewed annually. More information on the regulations for owning a pet bobcat in Wisconsin can be found here.

Are Wolfdogs Legal In Wisconsin?

Yes, pet wolfdogs are legal in Wisconsin with a two permit requirements.

In order to keep a pet wolfdog in Wisconsin, you will need two permits. First, you need a Captive Wild Animal Farm license, which can be found here and must be renewed annually. Next, you will need an additional wolfdog specific permit, which can be found here. More information on the regulations for owning a pet wolfdog in Wisconsin can be found here.

Are Servals Legal In Wisconsin?

Yes, pet servals are legal in Wisconsin as long as you have an import permit and the serval is from a USDA licensed breeder. More information on import permits can be found here. 

Are Savannah Cats Legal In Wisconsin?

Yes, pet Savannah cats are legal in Wisconsin. You do not need a permit to keep a Savannah cat as a pet, but will need a CVI (certificate of veterinary inspection) if you are bringing it in from out of state.

Are Asian Leopard Cats Legal in Wisconsin?

Yes, pet Asian leopard cats are legal in Wisconsin as long as you have an import permit and the Asian leopard cat is from a USDA licensed breeder. More information on import permits can be found here. 

Are Bengal Cats Legal In Wisconsin?

Yes, Bengal cats are legal in Wisconsin. You do not need a permit to keep a Bengal cat as a pet, but will need a CVI (certificate of veterinary inspection) if you are bringing it in from out of state.

Are Skunks Legal In Wisconsin?

Yes, pet skunks are legal in Wisconsin with a permit and when the skunk is from a USDA licensed breeder.

In order to keep a pet skunk in Wisconsin, you need a Captive Wild Animal Farm license, which can be found here and must be renewed annually. More information on the regulations for owning a pet skunk in Wisconsin can be found here.

Are Opossums Legal In Wisconsin?

Yes, pet opossums are legal in Wisconsin with a permit and when the opossum is from a USDA licensed breeder.

In order to keep a pet opossum in Wisconsin, you need a Captive Wild Animal Farm license, which can be found here and must be renewed annually. More information on the regulations for owning a pet opossum in Wisconsin can be found here.

Are Bats Legal In Wisconsin?

Yes, pet bats are legal in Wisconsin as long as they are non-native species from a USDA licensed breeder and you have an import permit. More information on import permits can be found here. 

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