MAIN LAWS


Large Carnivores: PERMIT required to own, breed, transport or transfer except for a circus, the University of Missouri-Columbia College of Veterinary Medicine, or a zoological park part of a district under chapter 184.  Exempt from the permit and microchip are an animal control or protection shelter for up to 90 days, law enforcement or department employee, vet, Class C as of 8/28/2010 if not used to attract trade to other business, and those traveling through the state.  Permit requirements include being at least 21, having it microchipped, following USDA standards, collecting DNA sample, and paying fee up to $2500 ($500 for renewals). 

(Missouri Rev. Statutes 578.600-625, 1/1/2012)

Releasing a large carnivore is now a Class E felony.  (HB 1371, 9/9/2014 and SB 491, 5/13/2014)

Dangerous Animals: REGISTRATION required with the local law enforcement agency except a zoological park, circus, scientific or educational institution, research laboratory, veterinary hospital, or animal refuge. 

(Missouri Rev. Statutes 578.005, 578.007, 578.023)


 NATIVE SPECIES


Native Wildlife: BANS skunks.  PERMIT required for other native wildlife (divided into Class I and Class II), except for vets, rehabilitation centers, circuses, publicly owned zoos, AZA not-for-profit facilities, bona fide research facilities, and fur farms. 

  • Class I Wildlife Breeder Permit (commercial purposes)
  • Class II Wildlife Breeder Permit (commercial uses - only issued for native pygmy rattlesnake, timber rattlesnake, massasauga rattlesnake, copperhead, and cottonmouth, black bear, mountain lion, gray wolf and their hybrids)
  • Hobby Permit (personal use of 50 ring neck pheasants and bobwhite quail combined and 1 captive born game mammal)



SPECIAL PERMITS

  • Wildlife Rehabilitation Permit (rehabilitate species up to 120 days)
  • Falconry Permit
  • Wildlife Collector’s Permit (scientific, educational or museum purposes for universities, colleges, schools, government agencies, publicly owned zoos, and wildlife or research organizations, or special collections for professionals who charge for biological studies for specific projects)


(Conservation Commission Code Ch. 9)



SPECIAL LAWS


It is illegal to release, steal or injure animals from animal facilities, damage property, obtain access to a facility under false pretenses to perform acts not authorized by the facility, or steal or alter records. (Missouri Rev. Statutes 578.407)


IMPORT/HEALTH


Import: BANS import of skunks, coyotes, and raccoons.  Requires a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection for others. 

(2 CSR 30-2.010 (1) (2) (15), 30-2.020 (10), 30-2.040 (1)(A), (1)(B), (1)(C), (1)(J))

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 Exotics/Large Carnivores:


Department of Agriculture

        Animal Health Division
       (573) 751-3377


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Native Species:


Department of Conservation

    2901 W. Truman Blvd.

    Jefferson City, MO, 65102
    (573) 522-4115  

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