PERMIT required to own, breed, transport or transfer Large Carnivores.

    • Circus
    • University of Missouri-Columbia College of Veterinary Medicine
    • zoological park part of a district under chapter 184 (Metropolitan districts and memorials)
    • animal control or protection shelter for up to 90 days
    • law enforcement or department employee
    • veterinarian
    • USDA Class C for grandfathered animals on 8/28/2010 if not used to attract trade to other business
    • those traveling through the state if not exhibiting


  • Large Cats (tiger, lion, jaguar, leopard, snow leopard, clouded leopard, cheetah and hybrids)
  • Bears (nonnative)



  • 21 or older
  • NOT guilty of felony animal neglect or mistreatment in prior 10 years
  • Inform local law enforcement of permit
  • Microchipping of carnivore
  • Health and ownership records for life
  • USDA standards
  • Inspection
  • Veterinary care agreement
  • Collecting DNA sample
  • $250,000 liability insurance
  • Disaster Response and Evacuation Plan
  • Digital color photo
  • Annual inventory
  • Kept in primary enclosure except for vet care, law enforcement orders and ownership transfer
  • $250/carnivore up to $2500 initial and $100/carnivore renewal


  • Large carnivores may be killed if chasing, injuring or killing a human, livestock, poultry, and when outside its enclosure, another mammalian animal
  • Owners are liable for human injuries and deaths and property damage including animal injury or death
  • Large carnivores on land owned by poultry and livestock producers are considered trespassing
  • Report deaths or address changes to department within 10 business days
  • Immediately report escapes to law enforcement
  • Health certificate and movement permit for transport in a vehicle

(Missouri Rev. Statutes 578.600-578.625; 2 Missouri CSR 30-9.040 & 30-9.050)


REGISTRATION required with the local law enforcement agency for dangerous wild animals.

  • EXEMPT in section 578.023:
    • zoological park
    • circus
    • scientific or educational institution
    • research laboratory
    • veterinary hospital
    • animal refuge

  • EXEMPT from various sections in 578.007:
    • Veterinarian
    • scientific experiments
    • Hunting, fishing, or trapping under chapter 252 and Missouri Wildlife Code
    • Facilities and publicly funded zoological parks
    • Rodeos
    • Killing animal by owner or agent or vet
    • Lawful killing by animal control, animal shelter, vet or law enforcement or health official
    • Farm animal normal husbandry
    • Killing animal outside owner’s property if injuring person or farm animal (except police or guard dogs)
    • Killing house or garden pests
    • Field trials, training and hunting accepted by Professional Houndsmen of Missouri


  • Felines (lion, tiger, leopard, ocelot, jaguar, cheetah, margay, mountain lion, Canada lynx, bobcat, jaguarundi)
  • Hyena
  • Canines (wolf, coyote)
  • Bear
  • Nonhuman primate
  • Reptiles (deadly/dangerous/poisonous, deadly/dangerous over 8’)

(Missouri Rev. Statutes 578.007, 578.023)


BANS bear wrestling including permitting wrestling done on their premises, promoting or advertising, collecting fee, purchasing or selling bear, training a bear or subjecting to surgical alteration for one.

(Missouri Rev. Statutes 578.176)


NO PERMIT REQUIRED for buying, selling, transporting, possessing and exhibiting certain exotics:

  • LIST:
    • Asian clams from impoundments not state waters
    • bison
    • amphibians, reptiles and mammals not native to state
    • birds not native to continental US

    • ring-necked pheasants
    • gray partridge
    • federally designated endangered species
    • 3 CSR 10-4.117 Prohibited Species
    • Class II wildlife
    • mammals in big game hunting preserve

LEGAL WITHOUT PERMIT: take and possession of 5 native species

  • EXCLUDES: take and possession of
    • birds, game mammals, furbearers, fish, bullfrogs and green frogs, mussels, crayfish and common snapping and soft-shelled turtles listed in hunting and fishing laws
    • Class II wildlife
    • Bats
    • dusty hog-nosed snake, Kirtland’s snake, western fox snake, alligator snapping turtles
    • native invertebrates on Missouri Species and Communities of Conservation Concern Checklist (limited to Wildlife Collector’s Permit)

  • BANS buying and selling and export

LEGAL WITHOUT PERMIT: buying, selling, transporting, propagating, taking and possessing fish and crayfish throughout the year in any number or size.

  • NEED:
    • written statement of weight and number of species and weight of extracted fish eggs
    • dated receipt of those given away or sold kept for 3 years
    • comply with endangered species law and Salmonidae import laws

    •  Approved Aquatic Species
    • frozen products
    • species incapable of surviving in fresh water
    • fish in aquaria, tanks or other containers discharged only into septic systems or municipal waste treatment facility or entirely recirculate
    • non-fish in aquaria, tanks or other containers discharged only into septic systems or water treatment that have 1/16” mesh screen
    • other closed systems inspected by department

  • Live crayfish not listed as prohibited may only be bought, sold or imported for 1) human consumption or 2) scientific research or food for confined animals by university, college, school, incorporated city, state or federal agency, public-owned zoo or wildlife or research organization or qualified individual
  • Only Virile crayfish may be purchased for re-sale or sold as live bait
    • Bans import

  • NOT EXEMPT: fish taken in or from state waters, state-stocked waters or waters subject to movements into and from waters of state

  • EXEMPT: Live bait on waters of state when used for live bait (BANS live bighead and silver carp), fish from commercial fish producer that originated from flooding (new species must be returned), commercial production of approved aquatic species at completely confined privately owned impoundment with written statement with number of weight of species stocked

  • Salmonidae may only be imported by salmonid importation permit 15-80 days prior


Approved Aquatic Species:

  • Fish:
    • bass – largemouth, smallmouth, spotted, striped, white
    • bluegill
    • bowfin
    • bigmouth buffalo
    • bullhead – black, brown, yellow
    • carp – bighead, common, grass
    • carpsucker – river
    • crappie -black, white
    • catfish – blue, channel, flathead
    • freshwater drum
    • American eel
    • gar – alligator, longnose, shortnose, spotted
    • goldfish
    • minnow – bluntnose, fathead
    • mosquitofish
    • muskellunge
    • paddlefish
    • yellow perch
    • Northern pike
    • Pumpkinseed
    • Quillback
    • salmon – Atlantic, Coho
    • sauger
    • shad – gizzard, threadfin
    • shiner – golden
    • shovelnose sturgeon
    • sucker – blue, white
    • sunfish – green, longear, orangespotted, redear
    • trout – brook, brown, cutthroat, golden, rainbow
    • walleye
    • warmouth

  • Crustaceans:
    • crayfish – calico, red swamp, virile, white river
    • freshwater prawn
    • Pacific white shrimp

(3 Missouri CSR 10-9.110)


(10) Cervid: All species of the deer family (family Cervidae) including those commonly known as white-tailed, mule, fallow, sika, red, musk, Pere David’s deer, moose, caribou, reindeer, elk, or wapiti, and all deer hybrids.

(30) Furbearing animals/Furbearers: Badger, beaver, bobcat, coyote, gray fox, long-tailed weasel, mink, mountain lion, muskrat, nutria, opossum, raccoon, red fox, river otter, spotted skunk, and striped skunk.

(31) Game birds: American coot, American woodcock, crows, ducks, Eurasian collared dove, geese, gray partridge, mourning dove, northern bobwhite quail, ring-necked pheasant, ruffed grouse, sora rail, Virginia rail, white-winged dove, wild turkey, and Wilson’s snipe.

(32) Game fish: bass – Ambloplites (Ozark, rock, shadow, hybrids), Esox (muskellunge, tiger muskie, muskie-pike hybrid, northern pike, chain pickerel, grass pickerel), Ictalurus except bullheads (channel catfish, blue catfish, Mississippi cat, Fulton cat, spotted cat, white cat, willow cat, fiddler cat), warmouth, Micropterus (black bass including largemouth, lineside, smallmouth, brown, Kentucky, spotted), Morone (white bass, yellow, striped); Oncorynchus, Salvelinus, and Salmo (salmon, char and trout), Polyodon (paddlefish, spoonbill), Pomoxis (crappie including white and black), Pylodictis (flathead catfish, goujon, yellow cat, river cat), Sander (walleye, pike perch, jack salmon, sauger), shovelnose sturgeon

(33) Game mammals: Black bears, cottontail rabbit, deer, elk, fox squirrel, gray squirrel, groundhog (woodchuck), jackrabbit, swamp rabbit, and furbearers as defined.

(37) Invasive fish: prohibited fish species and bighead and silver carp

(38) Mussels: freshwater mussels and clams

(42) Other fish: all fish other than endangered fish, alligator gar and game fish

(66) Ungulate: Hoofed animals.

(Missouri Rev. Statutes 252.020; 3 Missouri CSR 10-20.805)

PERMIT required to hold native wildlife in captivity.  

  • LIMITED TO: species on Approved Confined Wildlife Lists
    • publicly owned zoos, non-profit AZA facilities, bona fide research facilities exempt from breeder permit
    • federal authorization for migratory waterfowl exempt from permit except resale or hunting trials or training
    • sale and display of birds of prey with federal permit (hunting use requires falconry license)

  • NO LONGER EXEMPT: circuses and nonresidents exhibiting in state up to 7 days no longer exempt from permit
    • Limits contact for circuses to handlers, performers and employees


  • Class I Wildlife - birds native to continental US (includes ring-necked pheasants and gray partridge), and mammals (other than bison and Class II and III) and nonvenomous reptiles and amphibians native to the state

  • Class II Wildlife – copperhead, cottonmouth, timber and pygmy rattlesnakes, massasauga, mountain lion, wolves and hybrids, black bear and hybrids

  • Class III Wildlife – all Cervids – Permit only needed for specific species listed on each permit type


  • Class I Wildlife Breeder Permit (exhibit, propagate, rear or hold for commercial purposes) - $50
    • EXEMPT: AZA or publicly-owned zoos; migratory birds under valid federal authorization; propagation, sale, or display of birds of prey under valid federal permit
      • NOT EXEMPT: captive-reared mallards held for sale or use in hunting preserves, field trials or dog training need Class I Wildlife Breeder Permit OR Licensed Hunting Preserve Permit – BANS hunting captive-bred ones except as allowed
      • NOT EXEMPT: taking wildlife using birds of prey requires Falconry License 
      • captive-reared migratory waterfowl must be marked
    • Approved Game Birds: mallard; grouse – blue, greater sage-, Gunnison sage-, ruffed, sharp-tailed, spruce; gray partridge; ring-necked pheasant; ptarmigan – rock, white-tailed, willow; quail – bobwhite, California, Gamble’s, mountain, scaled; wild turkey;
    • Approved Mammals: badger, bobcat; Eastern chipmunk; coyote; [removed - mule and white-tailed deer;] gray and red fox; groundhog; mink; muskrat; opossum; river otter; Eastern cottontail and swamp rabbit; raccoon; squirrel – Eastern gray, fox, Franklin’s ground, thirteen-lined ground, Southern flying; least and long-tailed weasel. Allows permit for existing facilities of white-tailed and mule deer that are within 25 miles of CWD positive animal within last 5 years.
    • Approved Herp: tiger salamander; frogs – bullfrog, green, Southern leopard, Eastern gray treefrog, green treefrog; American toad; turtles – river cooter, red-eared slider, smooth and spiny softshell, ornate and three-toed box, alligator snapping, common map, common musk, common snapping, Mississippi mud, Southern and Western painted; lizards – five-lined skink, Eastern collared, prairie, slender glass, Texas horned; snakes – bullsnake, prairie and speckled kingsnakes, black and Great Plains rat snakes, Eastern and red-sided garters, Eastern and Western hog-nosed, red milk

  • Class II Wildlife Breeder Permit (exhibit, propagate, rear or hold Class II for commercial purposes) - $250
    • Approved Species – all Class II wildlife except endangered massasauga and Dusty Western hognosed snakes
    • EXEMPT: wolf hybrids, publicly owned zoos and AZA
    • Black bears, mountain lions and gray wolves only allowed if held under this permit before 8/30/21

  • Class III Wildlife Breeder Permit (propagate, buy, rear or hold for commercial purposes) - $50
    • Approved Species – mule and white-tailed deer and hybrids, elk and hybrids except food production when not with mule and white-tailed deer
    • EXEMPT: Class III not listed on Approved Confined Wildlife Species List; elk for food production held separately from other cervids (no direct contact, at least 10’ separation, no indirect contact with equipment, pasture or water sources, no contact with CWD+ animal or facility in last 5 years)

  • Wildlife Exhibitors Permit (exhibit Class I, Class II, native fish not on Approved Aquatic Species List) - $1000
    • Approved Species – Species under 3 CSR 10-9.370 (Class I and II wildlife and native fish not on Approved Aquatic Species List)
    • EXEMPT: publicly owned zoos or AZA, migratory birds under valid federal authorization (captive-bred migratory waterfowl must be marked), birds of prey under federal permit (falconry permit for hunting wildlife); wolf-hybrids
    • BANNED: coyotes, foxes, raccoons, skunks, native bat, prohibited species

  • Wildlife Rehabilitation Permit (take, possess, transport and hold for rehabilitation for 120 days)
    • Approved Species - Pronghorn; wild boar; caribou; deer – fallow, mule, red, sika, white-tailed; elk; mountain goat; moose; bighorn and dall sheep; other ungulates

  • Wildlife Hobby Permit (purchase, possess and propagate 50 total ring-necked pheasants and bobwhite quail for personal use and possess 1 captive born game mammal) - $10
    • BANS skunks, Class II wildlife and hoofed mammals
    • Approved Species – badger,bobcat, coyote, gray and red fox, groundhog, mink, muskrat, Virginia opossum, river otter, ring-necked pheasant, bobwhite quail, Eastern cottontail and swamp rabbits, raccoon, Eastern gray and fox squirrels, least and long-tailed weasels

  • Wildlife Collector’s Permit (collect, possess, mount or preserve wildlife for scientific purposes)
    • Approved Species – listed on permit
    • INCLUDES: native invertebrates on Missouri Species and Communities of Conservation Concern Checklist
    • Allows propagation if not commercial sold and allows bird banding and release

  1. Wildlife Collector’s Permit for Scientific Purposes – scientific, educational or museum purposes by school, government agency, publicly owned zoo or wildlife or research organization - $5
  2. Wildlife Collector’s Permit for Special Collections of Wildlife – biological studies by professionals with sufficient public interest - $50

  • Resident Falconry Permit (take, possess alive and train birds of prey) - $100
    • Approved Species – Birds of Prey
    • Resident master falconers may take and possess 1 passage peregrine falcon between Sep 20-Oct 20 in accordance with annual allocation and must contact falconry coordinator to see if limit has not been reached and notify of a capture by same day (nonresidents limited to 50% of allocation)

  • Game Bird Hunting Preserve (buy, propagate, hold, hunt, sell pheasants, exotic partridges, quail, mallard ducks,) - $100
    • Approved Species – mallard duck, exotic partridges, pheasants, quail

  • Big Game Hunting Preserve (buy, propagate, hold, hunt, sell ungulates except hogs after 2015) - $750
    • Approved Species – pronghorn, wild boar; caribou; fallow, mule, red, Sika and white-tailed deer; elk; mountain goat; moose; bighorn and Dall sheep; other ungulates

  • Hound Running Area Operator and Dealer Permit - $50
    • Approved Species – coyote, red and gray fox

  • Field Trial Permit (for lands not owned by department) - $20
    • Approved Species – mallard duck, exotic partridges, pheasants and quail

  • Dog Training Area Permit - $20
    • Approved Species – mallard duck, exotic partridges, pheasants and quail


  • general and specific caging and care requirements (enclosure size charts amended to reflect change in allowed species)
  • Allow inspections at reasonable times or permit may be suspend or revoked
  • Allows temporary mobile enclosures except Class III
  • Circuses, research facilities, and fur farms must now meet confinement standards

(3 Missouri CSR 10-9 - NEW Revised under Rules adopted 5/21/21 – Effective 8/1/21)



  • Circuses and research no longer exempt along with non-resident exhibiting wildlife at special events up to 7 days
  • BANS selling or giving away black bears and hybrids, mountain lions and hybrids and wolves to Class II wildlife breeder
  • BANS exhibiting Class I and II mammals
  • Class I and II gamebirds, amphibians and reptiles may be exhibited
  • Activities must be at specific location listed
  • Allows possession, use, sale, giving away, transport and shipping of such species if the wildlife movement requirements are followed 
    • EXCEPTIONS: Written approval needed for state and federally-designated endangered species; must sell or give to holder of permit where required or under the nonresident exception
  • Must certify wildlife came from captive source, wildlife will be in humane and sanitary facilities that meet caging requirements and will prevent other wildlife in state from being part of enterprise
  • Pass written examination with at least 80% for Class II wildlife
  • BANS skunks
  • Sales of endangered species requires director permission
  • Nonresidents may ship or consign wildlife to breeder except skunks, foxes, coyotes and raccoons
  • Purchasing wildlife at consignment sales requires wildlife hobby or breeder permit before purchase
    • EXEMPT: nonresidents for up to 48 hours after close of auction
  • Notification to county conservation agent of public sales 30 days prior
  • Black bears and hybrids, mountain lions and hybrids, and wolves need PIT tag and blood sample for DNA analysis along with reporting deaths or sales within 3 days
  • May exhibit Class I and II for sale at consignment sales – gamebirds, reptiles and amphibians may be exhibited at other locations
  • Sales, gifts and shipping of wildlife require written statement with permit # and # of species
  • Allows sales of Class I game bird eggs or dressed or processed quail, pheasants, and partridges at retail and to commercial establishments with invoice and records
  • BANS liberation except with permission
  • Class II must comply with dangerous wild animals law
  • Current wildlife records

(3 Missouri CSR 10-9.353)



  • BANS new permits for white-tailed deer and hybrids and mule deer and hybrids for 5 years within 25 miles of CWD+ animal
    • EXEMPT: Facilities 10-25 miles away if double-fenced perimeter fence separated by 10’+, compliance with caging standards, minimum enclosure space based on interior fence, and no cervids between fences
  • Pass written examination with at least 80% (Moved)
  • Limited to the Approved Species List
  • Need movement qualified status to move Class III within and outside the state
    • Must maintain accurate inventory, conduct CWD testing, maintain fences – will lose if deficiency not corrected in 30 days
    • Movement Certificate need within state – complete copy with acceptance by buyer must be sent within 14 days and kept for 5 years
    • Movement within state limited to between movement-qualified breeders or to hunt-qualified licensed big game hunting preserves
    • Movement with qualification or certificate for more than 90 days may lead to permit suspension or revocation
  • Stock must come from movement-qualified Class III Wildlife Breeder Permit, must meet caging requirements, and prevent all other hoofstock from becoming part of enterprise, allow inspection  
  • BANS hunting stock but may kill for herd management with permission (Moved)
  • Must immediately report escapes and entry of free-ranging animals into enclosure (Moved)  
  • Need USDA identification and dangling tag AND natural additions must be ID by March 31
  • Meet CWD testing and response requirements
  • Must remove all animals within 30 days of permit revocation or expiration by depopulation, transfer to another permit holder or transfer to big game hunting preserve – May only depopulate if CWD+ in last 5 years

(3 Missouri CSR 10-9.354)


  • Must become AZA within 3 years of initial permit regardless of ownership change
    • may extend 2 years if ownership change before initial permit
    • if must reprocess for accreditation: must become accredited in 2 years (may be extended 1 year)
    • if no longer AZA, permit may be revoked and denied renewal for a year
  • BANS propagation
  • BANS liberation into wild
  • Allows buying, importing, exporting, giving away, transferring, transporting and shipping if wildlife movement requirements are met – Transfer or give away must be to holder of appropriate permit
  • LIMITS species to those on permit
  • Must be from legal source not from wild-caught animals or their descendants, have humane and sanitary facilities that meet caging standards, fish and aquatic or semi-aquatic invertebrates have humane and sanitary facilities that meet closed system specifications, and must not allow wild stock to become part of enterprise 
  • Cage, tank and enclosure must identify animal by common and scientific name
  • Need inspection
  • Exhibit only at location on permit except reptiles and amphibians may be exhibited at other locations if mobile temporary exhibit confinement standards are met
  • Class II require at least 80% on written exam
  • Cities, towns and counties may enact bans on Class II with department permission and no exhibitor permit will be issued
  • Shipment, transfer, or gift requires written statement with wildlife exhibitor permit number, number per species, species and unique ID of each animal, and recipient name and address (if applicable)
  • Allows removing authorization to hold a certain species if mortality rates are deemed excessive until state veterinarian determines cause of mortality has been corrected
  • Black bears and hybrids, mountain lions and hybrids, and wolves need PIT tag and blood sample for DNA analysis along with reporting deaths or sales within 3 days AND all other wildlife (except fish <10”) must be permanently marked or tagged with unique number within 5 days of acquisition – tags may NOT be reused – may also require blood or tissue sample for DNA analysis or registration
  • Report within 3 days any acquisition, death, transfer, or gift of species on Missouri Species and Communities of Conservation Concern Checklist (2020 edition) with state or federal endangered or threatened status
  • Maintain permanent record of transactions of all animals with species and quantity, ID number of each animal, place of origin, name/address/permit number of seller
  • Maintain inventory system with up-to-date list of wildlife held with species and quantity and individual ID and location of reptiles and amphibians held at other locations

(3 Missouri CSR 10-9.371 and 10-9.372)



PERMIT (fishing permit) needed to take bullfrogs and green frogs by fishing methods. 

  • TAKE LIMIT: 8/day total
  • LEGAL METHODS: hand, hand net, atlatl, gig, bow, trotline, throwline, limb line, bank line, jug line, snagging, snaring, grabbing, or pole and line by the holder of a fishing permit
  • SEASON: Jun 30 – Oct 31
  • LOCATION LIMITS: No longer banned in Alex George Lake, Bergan Lake, Bowlin Pond, Scherer Lake, Tarsney Lake, Wood Lake, Wyatt Lake (Adopted – Effective 8/30/22)


TAKE LIMIT: 8/day and possess 16 total

METHODS: .22 caliber or smaller rimfire rifle or pistol, pellet gun, bow, crossbow, atlatl, hand or handnet

SEASON: Jun 30 – Oct 31


METHODS: hand, hand net, atlatl, gig, bow, snagging, snaring, grabbing, pole and line, .22 caliber or smaller rimfire rifle or pistol, pellet gun, crossbowSEASON: year-round


SEASON: statewide season

LEGAL METHODS: hand, hand net, atlatl, gig, bow, snagging, snaring, grabbing, or pole and line

ILLEGAL METHODS: firearms; bows and hook and line in listed areas

BANS take in certain areas.

(3 Missouri CSR 10-6.615; 10-7.445; 3 CSR 10-11.165; 3 CSR 10-12.115)



METHODS: snagging, snaring, grabbing, bow, crossbow, trotline, throwline, limb line, bank line, jug line, hand, handnet, or pole and line


  • common snapping - year-round
  • softshell - Jul 1 – Dec 31

(3 Missouri CSR 10-6.620)



  • crayfish, freshwater shrimp, nongame fish - 150/day total
  • Southern leopard frog, Plains leopard frog, cricket frog - 5/day each
  • Goldfish; bighead, common, grass and silver carp – unlimited take/possession

Live bait purchased from another source must be on Approved Aquatic Species List.

(3 Missouri CSR 10-6.605)



  • Asian clams - unlimited
  • Rest - 5/day combined

METHODS: hand, handnet or pole and line

SEASON: year-round 

May be bait.

(3 Missouri CSR 10-6.610)


BANS import, transport, sale, purchase, take and possession of endangered species (state listed and US threatened and endangered).

  • EXEMPT: public zoos and museums and wildlife under permit
  • Species legally taken in another state may be imported, transported and possessed, but purchase or sale requires permission

LIST (8/30/21):

  • Mammals:
    • bats – gray, Ozark big-eared, Indiana, Northern long-eared
    • black-tailed jackrabbit
    • spotted skunk

  • Birds:
    • northern harrier
    • interior least tern
    • Swainson’s warbler
    • snowy egret
    • king rail
    • Bachman’s sparrow
    • American bittern
    • greater prairie-chicken

  • Herp:
    • western chicken turtle
    • Blanding’s turtle
    • Illinois mud turtle
    • yellow mud turtle
    • Mississippi green water snake
    • massasauga rattlesnake
    • eastern hellbender
    • Ozark hellbender

  • Fish:
    • sturgeon – lake and pallid
    • shiner –Sabine, taillight, Topeka
    • madtom - Neosho and mountain
    • cavefish – spring, Ozark
    • darter – crystal, goldstripe, harlequin, longnose, Niangua, redfin, swamp
    • cypress minnow
    • central mudminnow
    • flathead chub
    • grotto sculpin

  • Mussels:
    • Curtis pearlymussel
    • Higgins’ eye
    • Neosho and pink mucket
    • fat pocketbook
    • ebonyshell
    • elephant ear
    • winged mapleleaf
    • sheepnose
    • snuffbox
    • scaleshell
    • spectaclecase
    • rabbitsfoot
    • salamander
    • slippershell

  • Crayfish:
    • Caney Mountain Cave crayfish
    • coldwater crayfish
    • Spring River crayfish

  • Other Invertebrates:
    • American burying beetle
    • Hine’s emerald dragonfly
    • Tumbling Creek cavesnail

(Missouri Rev. Statutes 252.240; 3 Missouri CSR 10-4.111)


BANS import, export, sale, purchase and live possession of prohibited species. 


  • Mammals:
    • fruit bats (Pteropus)
    • meerkat (Suricata)
    • mongoose of Genus Atilax (marsh mongoose), Cynictis (yellow mongoose), Helogale (dwarf mongooses), Herpestes (common mongooses), Ichneumia (white-tailed mongoose), and Mungos
    • dhole
    • multimammate rats and mice
    • raccoon dog
    • brushtail possum

  • Birds: 
    • pink starling
    • dioch
    • Java sparrow
    • red-whiskered bul-bul

  • Fish:
    • black carp
    • round and tubenose gobies
    • snakehead (Channa or Parachanna)
    • walking catfish

  • Invertebrates:
    • New Zealand mudsnail
    • rusty crayfish
    • marbled crayfish
    • crayfish (Cherax)
    • electric blue crayfish (Adopted 12/10/21)
    • Asian mitton crabs
    • zebra and quagga mussels
    • mystery snails (Cipangopaludina)

(3 Missouri CSR 10-4.117)


PERMIT (Feral Swine Confinement Permit) required to breed, possess and transport feral swine.

(2 Missouri CSR 30-9.100 & CSR 30-9.110)


BANS import of live white-tailed deer and hybrids, mule deer and hybrids, raccoons, foxes and coyotes. 

BANS import, buying, selling, transporting, giving away or disposing of live skunks.

BANS import or transport of live Eastern cottontail rabbits, swamp rabbits and jackrabbits from state or country where Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease (RHD) was diagnosed in prior 12 months.  All others need Entry Permit and Certificate of Veterinary Inspection stating they are disease free within 72 hours of shipment, no rabbits were moved 30 days before shipment, and no rabbits had contact with free-ranging ones within 30 days before shipment.


  • Must comply with state and federal regulations regarding animal health and movement
  • Movement of Class III must comply with 3 CSR 10-9.354 Privileges of Class III Wildlife Breeders and 3 CSR 10-9.565 Licensed Hunting Preserve Privileges

(3 CSR 10-9.223)


BANS import of skunks and raccoons. 

Captive import and transport of exotic animals requires Certificate of Veterinary Inspection. 


  • Exotic bovids, sheep, goats and equidae regulated under the relevant domestic species
  • rodeo bovids over 18 months old need negative TB test within 60 days
  • Elephants need negative TB test within past year for import/transport
  • Captive cervids need permanent ID, entry permit, and TB and CWD testing
  • Ratites and camelids need permanent ID for import but no permit or testing for import/transport
  • Aquaculture needs CVI and, if VHS-susceptible, VHS certification for import
  • Import/transport between publicly-owned AZA zoos exempt from testing but need CVI, CWD program for cervids, and for import, an entry permit
  • Rabbits or hares from state or country with RHD diagnosed in last 12 months need entry permit and CVI with all examined within 72 hours for disease, no new ones on original premises in last 30 days and no contact with wild ones in last 30 days

(Missouri Rev. Statutes 267.560-267.660; 2 Missouri CSR 30-2)