NORTH CAROLINA

MAIN LAW


The state gives counties and cities the authority to regulate animals dangerous to persons or property (North Carolina Statutes 153A-131, 160A-187).  


EXOTIC ANIMALS


There are no regulations regarding exotic animals not in the invasive species list other than importation rules.


NATIVE SPECIES


 Native captive wildlife: BANS as pets and issues permits for scientific, education, exhibition or other purposes.  Sportsmen may take animals from the wild for an annual, seasonal or cultural event provided it is returned after the event.  May only be sold to another licensee, but no transportation permit is needed except for black bears. 

  • Captivity Permit (care of releaseable wildlife except wild turkey, black bear, deer, and cervids for 5 days without a rehabilitation license or until captivity license is obtained).  A temporary rule allows captivity permits to be issued for deer and elk except native white-tail deer.   


  • Captivity License (keep any wild animal long term –black bears and cougars limited to bona fide publicly supported zoos, educational or scientific research institutions, and those possessed prior to 1977)


  • Dealer Licenses (wildlife dealers – need tagging or ID system, records and statistics, reports, performance bonds)


  • Transportation Permits


  •  Importation and Exportation Permits


  • Fur Dealer License (fur dealers) 


 Those holding a captivity license must follow the requirements in section 0302 except publicly financed zoos, scientific and biological research facilities, and institutions of higher education exempted prior to December 1, 2005.

 (North Carolina Statutes 113-128 to 113-130, 113-272.5 to 113-277, 119-291.3; 15A North Carolina Admin Code 10H.0301 to 10H.0303)

 Herp: BANS commercial taking (5 or more annually) of native turtles and terrapins (families Emydidae or Trionychidae) except under possession permit before 1/1/2008, vets, rehabilitators, publicly financed zoos, scientific research facilities, institutions of higher education, and government agencies that are exempt from the collecting prohibition.  The public may possess them under an Amphibian and Reptile Possession permit, which is required to possess 25+ native amphibians or 5+ native reptiles. 

(15A North Carolina Admin Code 10H.1301 to .1302)


SPECIAL PERMITS  


Issues Falconry permits.  NEW: 2017 Changes



INVASIVE SPECIES


Nongame: BANS Tongueless or African clawed frogs and certain fish.


IMPORT


BANS the importation of skunk, fox, raccoon, ringtail, North and South American felines, coyote, marten, and brushtail possum except research institutions, USDA exhibitors, and organized entertainers such as zoos or circuses under a permit.  All other wild mammals or hybrids require a certificate of veterinary inspection. All animals require an import permit.  BANS importation of gray foxes in to the counties of Anson, Avery, Burke, Cabarrus, Caldwell, Catawba, Cleveland, Davidson, Gaston, Lincoln, McDowell, Mecklenburg, Mitchell, Montgomery, Moore, Richmond, Rowan, Rutherford, Stanly, Union and Yancey. (02 North Carolina Admin Code 52B.0212; 15A North Carolina Admin Code 10B.0101, 10B.0102)

LEGISLATURE


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North Carolina General Assembly

       1 East Edenton Street

       Raleigh, NC 27601


Sessions: 2 Years (odd-even)


Convenes:

  Odd Years - Jan (3rd Wed after 2nd Mon)
  Even Years - Usually May


Adjourns: No set date - Usually Jul or Aug


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North Carolina Constitution Art II Sec 22


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North Carolina Statutes Ch 120 Art 6 Sec 20

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Wildlife Resources Commission Wildlife Management
NCSU Centennial Campus

1751 Varsity Drive

Raleigh, NC 27606   
(919) 707-0010

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             (Every other month) 


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