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Animals, Wild, Potentially Dangerous

Adopted October 15, 1969

Permit for possession of potentially dangerous wild animals.  For the purpose of this ordinance the following, including but not limited to, shall be considered as potentially dangerous wild animals: the felidae, including the lion, leopard, cheetah, jaguar, ocelot, jaguarundi cat, puma, lynx and bobcat; the canidae, including the wolf and coyote; and the ursidae, including the black bear, grizzly bear and the brown bear, the baboon, ape, simian and monkey.


No person shall possess a potentially dangerous wild animal without first obtaining a permit from the chief executive authority of the town, city or borough in which such animal is being housed.  Such permit may be issued at the discretion of the chief executive authority and shall prescribe the conditions and limitations which such chief executive authority deems necessary in order to provide for public safety and welfare.  Any such animal illegally possessed may be ordered seized and may be disposed of as determined by the chief executive authority.


Any person who violates any provision of this ordinance shall be fined not more than one hundred dollars for each offense.  The provisions of this section shall not apply to municipal parks, zoos, and nature centers, or museums, laboratories and research facilities maintained by scientific or educational institutions.