KEntucky agency rule 301 KAR 1:122 Prohibited aquatics

  • Allow goldfish as bait, release of caught prohibited aquatics during angling, possession, transport and sale of dead Asian carp to fish processing facility if not transported in water
  • Limit transport and sale of tilapia to another propagator, live fish and bait dealer or entity selling fish as food
  • BANS possession of Asian carp

Adopted May 25, 2023

State Agency Rules

MISSISSIPPI RULE 8.3 Regulations for Animals Inherently Dangerous to Humans

  • Adds import, export, transport, receipt, transfer, sale, purchase and acquisition to activities prohibited for inherently dangerous animals without a permit AND adds from interstate, in state, foreign commerce
  • Adds new federal big cat ban by not allowing new permits after 12/20/22 and information about federally registering them by 6/18/23
  • Current Felidae owners must follow the rest of the ruleAdds that the rule may be superseded or pre-empted by federal law

Adopted July 13, 2023

KEntucky agency rule 301 KAR 1:125 Transportation of fish.

Allows department to deny transportation permit for fish determined potentially damaging to native ecosystems

Adopted May 25, 2023

COLORADO Annual rule review - chapter W-11

References fees for commercial parks in Chapter W-0 Appendix F instead of listing it

Adopted 11/16/23 – Effective 1/1/24

MISSOURI agency rule  3 CSR 10-4.111 Endangered Species

  • Removes Illinois mud turtle from endangered list
  • Limits massasauga to Eastern and prairie
  • Combines watersnake name

    Adopted May 13, 2023

KANSAS Rule 115-18-10 Importation and possession of certain wildlife; prohibition, permit requirement, and restrictions

ADDS rusty crayfish to prohibited

Adopted: Aug 17, 2023

KANSAS Agency Rule 115-20-2 Possession Limits Amphibians and Reptiles

Limits to 5 live amphibians
Limits to 5 live amphibians or 2 per species per person or domicile

Adopted Sep 7, 2023

KEntucky Agency Rule 301 KAR 1:122 Importation, Possession, and prohibited aquatic species

  • Allows aquatic species to be immediately released back into the water where caught
  • Limits transport and sale of tilapia to licensed propagator, live fish and bait dealer or sale for food to establishment for resale or wholesale
  • Allows buying, selling, import and possession of goldfish as bait
  • Replaces Asian carp with Invasive carp and adds possess to the ban
  • Allows sport fishing license to possess, sell and transport invasive carp not transported in water, dead or dying and transported to processing facility

Adopted - Effective Nov 13, 2023

montana fish, wildlife parks caracal cat petition

Petition to make caracal cats a CONTROLLED species.

Adopted 2/22/23

KENTUCKY RULE 301 KAR 2:082 Live EXOTIC wildlife

Various revisions including:

  • Transportation Permits: adds prohibited species to those not requiring permit
  • Adds import to activities requiring USFWS permit for federal migratory
  • Inherently dangerous: ADDS transport to prohibited activities
  • Commissioner’s exemption: replaces may grant with shall consider, ADDS import, requires it to further purpose of statutes, circuses limited to inherently dangerous species and no longer for transport in KY
  • Prohibited species – replaces apply for transportation permit with obtain a valid one
  • Applications – updates to 2022, removes Captive Wildlife Prohibited Species Report

Adopted 9/15/22 –ARRS approved with technical amendments 1/10/23


Adopted Oct 4, 2023 - Effective 1/1/24

1501:31-1-02 Definition of terms.
1501:31-15-03 Nuisance wild animal control.
1501:31-19-01 Wild animal importing, exporting, selling and possession regulations.
1501:31-25-01 Wild animal permit regulations.
1501:31-25-03 Wild animal rehabilitation permit.

ALAbama 220-2-.168 FEES rule change

Increases fees of commercial permits

Adopted 7/29/22 – Effective 9/12/22

TENNESSEE Agency Rule 1660-01-18 Rules and Regulations of Live Wildlife

  • Adds Komodo dragon, macaque and 3 hyenas to Class I
  • Reclassifies TN rear-fanged poisonous snakes from Class I to Class II
  • Reclassifies North American rear-fanged poisonous snakes from Class I to Class III
  • Adds nine-banded armadillo to Class V

 Adopted Aug 25, 2023


  • Adds 1 new species to list and removes 2
  • moves Carolina madtom from threatened to endangered
  • replaces mountain chorus frog with Collinses’ mountain chorus frog
  • updates scientific name of Carolina swamp snake

Adopted 12/8/22 – Approved Rules Review 1/19/23 - Effective 2/1/23


Replaces Wildlife Officer and Enforcement Officer with Game Warden in these rules:

  • 05.04 Selling Wildlife Restrictions
  • 09.10 Wildlife Importation Permit Required
  • 09.11 Importation Of Certain Living Wildlife Prohibited
  • 33.01 Alligator Farmer/Dealer Permit Requirements
  • 35.02 Fish Farmer Sales Records Requirements
  • O1.01 Alligator Farmer/Dealer General Provisions

Adopted 6/15/23 – Effective after filing

ILLINOIS Agency Rule Title 17, 520 Scientific permits

Makes various changes to permits

Adopted Aug 2023 - Effective Aug 4, 2023

KENTUCKY RULE 301 KAR 2:081 Live native wildlife

Various revisions including:

  • Rabies Vector Species - ADDS hybrids
  • Exempts annual transportation permit, falconry permit and captive-bred native wildlife (except fox or coyote) imported or held in temporary facility 10 days from captive wildlife permit
  • Snapping turtle - clarifies that it is native common snapping turtle
  • Bullfrog can only be taken during season
  • Removes generic spring lizards limit
  • Falconry exempt from noncommercial permit and transportation permit for raptors
  • RVS transport ban limited to live ones
  • Exempts captive-bred native wildlife imported or held in temporary facility 10 days from captive permit
  • Permit holders must report bites within 12 hours to local county health
  • Must immediately dispatch mammal that bites person and submit head for testing
  • Commercial permit required for anyone profiting in any way from native wildlife, requires permit for each facility, exempts captive-bred native imported or temporary facility 10 days
  • Noncommercial must not profit in any way - permit per facility
  • New residents with transportation permit have 30 days to get inspection and submit application
  • USFWS permit for migratory or exemption
  • federal endangered limit to AZA, USFWS permit, cooperator in AZA SSP
  • Prohibited species: ADDS native bats, bobcat, hellbender, Kirtland’s snake, otter, native RVS, and wild rabbits
    • EXEMPTS: ADDS trapped RVS, wildlife rehabilitation permit, commercial nuisance wildlife control
    • Grandfathers: MAY exempt prohibited owned 4/4/23 – must microchip RVS, bobcats and otters and report using official form – BANS transfer ownership except owner’s death, reproducing and replacing them – enclosure must prevent escape and public contact

Adopted 9/15/22 –ARRS approved with technical amendments 1/10/23

CALIFORNIA Wildlife Resources Committee Bullfrogs/turtles

Commission Approved Committee Recommendations Dec 23, 2023

Recommended strategies regarding non-native turtles/bullfrogs:

  • More resources for DFW
  • Department grant program
  • Ban live imports of bullfrogs
  • Ban sale of live bullfrogs
  • Local eradication
  • Dispatch bullfrogs in contests
  • Water/reservoir management
  • Prevent water contamination using education for private owners and schoolsPrevent contamination by regulating commercial importers, pet stores, market facilities, etc.


Increases allowed acreage of the NX Bar Ranch to 26,000 acres to account for their newly acquired land

Adopted with change 3/9/23 – Effective immediately

PA Game COmmission rule 141.67 Furbearer seasons.

Adds raptors under falconry to equipment that can be used to take furbearers during open season

Adopted Apr 15, 2023


Removes the language regarding written applications:
68A-6.004 Possession of Class I, II, and III Wildlife: Permit Application Criteria.
68A-6.010 Facility Requirements for Class I and II Wildlife.
68A-6.017 Possession and Exhibition of Venomous Reptiles and Reptiles of Concern.
68A-6.0172 Record Keeping and Reporting Requirements for Venomous Reptiles and Reptiles of Concern.
68A-9.006 Wildlife Rehabilitation Permit.
68A-12.004 Possession or Sale of Birds or Mammals; Taxidermy Operations and Mounting Requirements.
68A-12.010 Regulations Governing the Operation of Private Hunting Preserves.
68A-12.011 Regulations Governing the Establishment and Operation of Game Farms.

Revises 68A-9.005 Falconry:

  • Removes the language regarding written applications
  • Requires notification in writing if resident raptor facility changes (removes online)
  • Requires request for deviation (was variance) for bands causing problems to be online (removes in writing)
  • Removes nonresident raptor take online submittingRelease of captive-bred raptors request must be in writing (removes online)

Adopted May 10, 2023 – Effective Jul 11, 2023

HAWAII Agriculture Petition Ch 4-71 Restricted Animals

Reclassifies Northern largemouth bass from unlisted to Restricted Part A for ecosystem and fishery impact research for the Wahiawa Public Fishing Area

Preliminary Meeting: Feb 28, 2023 - Petition and preliminary approval

LOUISIANA Agency Rule Agency Rule LAC 76:V.113 Live coyotes/foxes

  • Redefines LDWF-Approved Applicant from “no major fish or wildlife violations during the past three years” with “no Class 3 or greater fish or wildlife violations during the past three years”
  • Redefines licensee to only include residents
  • Under licenses, permits, fees: adds that 1) annual special permit may be issued to LDWF-Approved Applicant to trap coyotes outside of season but need nongame quadruped license and trapping license to sell live one, 2) nongame quadruped exhibitor’s license needed to breed and/or exhibit coyotes, 3) nongame quadruped breeder’s license needed to breed, propagate, exhibit or sell live coyotes
  • Replaces fox/coyote hunting preserve from needing to provide fresh food and water to all licensees
  • Requires coyote trappers during off season to use padded, offset, laminated or wide, or unmodified foot-hold trap, or box-type trap or cable restraint (was snare) with relaxing lock
  • Requires neurological or sick animals to be humanely euthanized and not moved or sold to prevent disease
  • Replaces only fox/coyote hunting preserve from needing to immediately report diseases contracted to all licensees
  • Prohibits animals under coyote trapping license, nongame quadruped breeder’s license and nongame quadruped exhibitor’s license from being physically altered (except vet for medical treatment) or mutilated

Adopted September 2023

UTAH RULE CHapter R657-3 Animals

  • Divides R657-3 into 3 parts
  • Combines the various purposes (personal, commercial, scientific, educational) and separates by type of activity instead (collection, import, transport, possession)
  • Makes various other changes

Adopted 6/8/23

KENTUCKY RULE 301 KAR 2:075 wildlife rehabilitation

Adopted 9/15/22 –ARRS approved with technical amendments 1/10/23

NORTH CAROLINa Rule 15A NCAC 10I .0103 Endangered Species Listed

Adds 2 new species to endangered list and removes 1 and moves Carolina madtom from threatened to endangered

Adopted 12/8/22 – Approved Rules Review 1/19/23 - Effective 2/1/23

NORTH CAROLINa Rule 15A NCAC 10I .0104 THREATENED Species Listed

  • Adds 4 new species to list
  • moves Carolina madtom from threatened to endangered
  • moves Neuse River waterdog from special concern to threatened

Adopted 12/8/22 – Approved Rules Review 1/19/23 - Effective 2/1/23

Colorado Issues Identification 2 CCR 406-0 General provisions


Adopted Nov 16, 2023 - Effective Jan 1, 2024

MISSOURI Agency Rule Agency Rule permit fee increase

Increases permit fees:

  • 3 CSR 10-9.350 Class I Wildlife Breeder Permit
  • 3 CSR 10-9.351 Class II Wildlife Breeder Permit
  • 3 CSR 10-9.352 Class III Wildlife Breeder Permit
  • 3 CSR 10-9.370 Wildlife Exhibitor Permit
  • 3 CSR 10-9.420 Wildlife Hobby Permit
  • 3 CSR 10-9.425 Wildlife Collectors Permit
  • 3 CSR 10-9.440 Resident Falconry Permit
  • 3 CSR 10-9.560 Licensed Hunting Preserve Permit
  • 3 CSR 10-9.565 Licensed Hunting Preserve: Privileges
  • 3 CSR 10-9.570 Hound Running Area Operator and Dealer Permit.
  • 3 CSR 10-9.575 Hound Running Area; Privileges, Requirements.
  • 3 CSR 10-9.625 Field Trial Permit
  • 3 CSR 10-9.627 Dog Training Area Permit
  • 3 CSR 10-9.788 Resident Commercial Live Coyote and Fox Trapping Permit.

Adopted Sep 8, 2023

HAWAII Agriculture Petition Ch 4-71 Restricted Animals

Reclassifies mysid shrimp from Restricted Part A to Restricted Part B to allow as live feed for seahorses

Preliminary Meeting: Jan 31, 2023 - Petition and preliminary approval

INDIANA DNR Citizen Petition #22-FW-025 Wild Animal Rehabilitation Permit

  • Requires random unannounced inspections from May – July
  • 1st failure – 10 days to correct deficiencies or permit suspended until fixed
  • 2nd violation – permit revoked 1 year
  • 3rd inspection violation – no longer eligible to be rehabilitator in state
  • If rehabilitator not present for inspection twice, automatic permit suspension
  • Yearly inspection

Report Adopted: Jan 17, 2023 - DNR disapproves

MISSOURI agency rule Agency Rule 3 CSR 10-12.115 Bullfrogs and Green Frogs

Adds Moberly/Beuth Park Lake to list of areas where bullfrogs and green frogs can only be caught with pole and line

Adopted - Effective Aug 30, 2023

ALAbama 220-2-.167 Chronic Wasting Disease Management Zone Rule

Bans transporting cervids out of Lauderdale or Colbert Counties for relocation or rehabilitation due to CWDRegulates hunting regarding deer

Adopted 5/21/22 – Effective 7/15/22

PA Game COmmission rule 147.282 Safety (Menageries)

Revises removal from cage and public contact for menageries:

  • Classifies ruminant animals as Category 1 Wildlife and allows removal from cages and direct exposure to public including contact without restriction
  • Classifies Category 2 wildlife as wildlife not listed elsewhere and allows removal from cage or enclosure and direct exposure to public including public contact if under immediate control of handler (was organ grinder monkey, performing chimp and elephant)
  • Classifies Category 3 wildlife as families Ursidae, Felidae, and Canidae and bans previously allowed option of removing from cage (leaves public contact ban)

Adopted Apr 15, 2023

NEVADA Commission Reg. 506 GOLDEN EAGLES

Revises rules regarding golden eagles in falconry and rehabilitation

  • Allows golden eagles including wild take by resident master falconer with eagle permit, hunting license, and rehabilitation license (if applicable)
  • Allows golden eagles by nonresident master falconer with nonresident hunting license and written permission – must apply for NV master falconer license and eagle permit in 60 days if moving to state
  • Adds requirements for eagle permit
  • Eagles must be in good condition
  • Rehabilitated golden eagles must be released in 2 years – may be granted additional time
  • must have copies of any applicable hunting license, master falconer license, eagle permit and rehabilitation permit
  • replaces driver’s license and SSN with Client ID number and requires eagle location
  • allows letter from rehabilitator that applicant is assisting instead of rehabilitation permit
  • master falconer renewals only need already approved documents
  • replaces eagle housing of 12’ x 12’ x 8’ with large enough to fly if untethered or if tethered to fully extend wings without damage
  • rehabilitated eagles may be released at place other than capture if approved by department
  • master falconer with eagle permit no longer limited to primary feathers and 12 tail feathers

Adopted May 6, 2023

DELAWARE Rule 906 nonnative animals

  • Replaces title with non-native and invasive animal species
  • Replaces wild mammals, hybrids of wild mammals and reptiles with exotic animals and invasive species
  • Removes exotic animal permits and requirements - now required for any species not invasive or exempt
  • Department and State Vet can determine if a species is invasive through rules and ban them
  • Invasive species require Invasive Species Permit and other requirements to be grandfathered
  • Makes feral swine and pot belly pigs invasive
  • Must report escapes of invasive species only within 12 hours
  • Adds violation section

Adopted 4/20/23 – Effective 6/11/23

TENNESSEE Agency Rule 1660-01-37 Rules and Regulations Governing Raptors

Moves falconry rules from the bird rules to their own separate rule and makes several new changes

 Adopted Aug 25, 2023


  • 2 CSR 30-2.004 Definitions - new section for all definitions in the law
  • 2 CSR 30-2.010 Health Requirements Governing the Admission of Livestock, Poultry, [and] Miscellaneous, and Exotic Animals Entering Missouri
    • CVI and entry permit information moved to definitions in 2.004
    • Alpaca, camel, llama – adds other animals of that group – moves official identification/ear tag to definitions
    • Aquaculture – removes VHS requirements and allows them to have Aquaculture Health Plan with annual testing and monthly reports instead of CVI and entry permit
    • Miscellaneous – moves miscellaneous animals to own section – requires CVI with common name and description or permanent identification
    • Exotic animals – NHP must have negative TB within 1 year of entry – removes skunk/raccoon import ban – clarifies that the shipment of animals between AZA needs CVIOthers – makes changes to other species including exotic goats, sheep and equidae


MICHIGAN Wildlife conservation order 1 - 2023

Makes many changes to wildlife rehabilitation rules

Adopted 1/12/23

COLORADO Chapter W-00 – Fee increases

Increases license fees in Appendix F

  • Scientific collection from $32.21 to 34.01
  • Import from $86.28 to $91.10
  • Field trial from $26.46 to 27.94
  • Commercial lake from $230.07 to 242.92
  • Private lake from $16.11 to 17
  • Commercial wildlife park from $172.55 to 182.19
  • Noncommercial park from $32.21 to $34.01
  • Wildlife sanctuary from $172.55 to 182.19
  • Zoo park from $172.55 to 182.19

Adopted 11/16/23 – Effective 1/1/24

KEntucky agency rule 301 KAR 1:115 propagation aquatic

Allows department to deny propagating permit for aquatic organisms determined potentially damaging to native ecosystems

Adopted May 25, 2023


Requires permit to propagate protected nongame; adds hybrids, crawfish frog, little grass frogs, mudpuppy, reticulated siren, and ALL king snakes; makes corrections; restricts Eastern diamondback rattlesnakes; Limits box turtles to 1

Adopted 9/20/22 – Effective 11/14/22


Rules 257.5, 475, 676, 712,

Adopted Oct 11, 2023

WASHINGTON Fox and deer rules

WAC 200-200-100 - Wildlife classified as protected shall not be hunted or fished. - Reclassifies Columbian white-tailed deer from endangered to threatened

WAC 220-610-010 Wildlife classified as endangered species - Reclassifies Columbian white-tailed deer from endangered to threatened AND ADDS Cascade red fox to list

Adopted 1/27/23


Amends these sections:

  • 406 W-0 #010 Transportation of Aquatic Wildlife
  • 406 W-13 #1300 Definitions
  • 406 W-13 #1315 Purpose
  • 406 W-13 #1316 License Requirements
  • 406 W-13 #1317 Special Provisions

Adopted Mar 13, 2023 - Effective May 1, 2023

MISSOURI agency rule 3 CSR 10- 9.240 Class II Wildlife

Limits massasauga to Eastern and prairie

Adopted May 13, 2023

VIRGINIA 2023–2024 Wildlife Regulation Cycle

Taking suggestions for changes to wildlife rules

Adopted: May 25, 2023

Agency Rule 4VAC15-20-130 Endangered and threatened species; adoption of federal list; additional species enumerated. Removes sickle darter and Atlantic pigtoe from state threatened list due to being added to federal list