MONTANA

STATE AGENCY

 

Fish, Wildlife and Parks

        Enforcement Division
        1420 East Sixth Avenue

        P.O. Box 200701

        Helena, MT 59620-0701  
    (406) 444-4039 or 444-2950

Board: Fish, Wildlife & Parks

             Commission


Meets: Monthly


NEXT MEETING: TBD


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 MAIN LAW


Exhibition, Bears and Large Cats:  PERMIT required ($25 for over 5 and $10 for all others) for these purposes:

  • Roadside Menageries (keeping captive born animals for exhibition or attracting trade with $25,000 injury insurance and $5,000 property damage insurance)
  • Wild Animal Menageries (keeping up to 10 captive born bears or large cats for purposes other than exhibition)
  • Zoos (state nonprofit zoological garden or AZA zoos – may be wild caught under capture permit)


(MCA 87-4-8; Montana Admin Rules 12-6-13)


EXOTIC SPECIES


Exotic Wildlife Classifications:



Exempts a zoo or roadside menagerie permit, AZA, USDA Class C Exhibitor for 90 days, college, university, or government agency for scientific or public health research, scientific institution, USDA nonprofit that exhibits for educational or scientific purposes, service animal, and nationally or state agency affiliated rescue facility temporary housing exotic wildlife for relocation.

(Montana Admin Rules 12-6-22; MCA 87-5-7)


NATIVE SPECIES


Native: BANS skunks, foxes, raccoons, and bats except for furbearing enterprises, zoological exhibitions that prohibit public contact, or educational institutions conducting scientific research. (Montana Code 50-23-1) 


Furbearers require a fur farm license except when they are not sold

(Montana Code 87-4-10)


Game animals require a Game Farm License

(Montana Admin Rules 12-6-1520 to 1544; Montana Admin Rules 32-4)


Nongame and endangered species are regulated in MC 87-5-1.


SPECIAL LAWS


Bears, tigers, lions, coyotes and hybrids at least 50% coyote, and wolves and hybrids at least 50% wolf require an ID number from the department tattooed on the inside left thigh less than 6 inches from the abdomen.

(Montana Admin Rules 12-6-19)



IMPORT


Import: Permit required for game, furbearing and wild animals and may be obtained by calling (406) 449-2976 or 449-2043. 

(MT Admin Code 32-3-201 to 32-3-211, 32-3-215; MCA 81-2-7)

LEGISLATURE


NO 2018 SESSION


Montana Legislature

               1301 E 6th Ave

               Helena, MT 59601


Sessions: Odd Years Only


Convenes: Jan (1st Mon/Wed if Jan 1)


Adjourns: 90 legislative days 


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After Session: 10 days 
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Montana Constitution Art VI Sec 10


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Regular Session - October 1

Special Session - Immediately
Montana Statutes 1-2-201