900 Court St NE
Salem, OR, 97301
Sessions: 1 Year
Odd Years - Jan (2nd Mon)
Even Years - February
Odd Years - 160 calendar days
Even Years - 35 calendar days
During Session: 5 days excl Sat/Sun
After Session: 30 days after adj
Pocket Veto: No
Oregon Constitution Art V Sec 15b
Oregon Statutes Tit 17 Ch 171.022
Exotic animals: BANS after January 1, 2010 except grandfathered owners with Exotic Animal Facility Permit, USDA facilities using Class III felines in a hybrid breeding program, rehabilitators, USDA research facilities, animal protection organizations, law enforcement agencies, vets, educational facilities that house crocodilians with written permission, those taking an exotic for less than 48 hours for an emergency, and a capuchin used as a service monkey.
(OAR 603-011-0700 to 603-011-0725; ORS 609-205 to 609-355, 609-992)
Exception: Those with a disability with a physician recommendation to use an unpermitted exotic animal possessed before January 1, 2010 were given until December 31, 2014 to apply for a permit to keep their animals. (SB 1584, 2/26/2014)
Other live wildlife species, both native and exotic, are categorized as:
Exempt are those traveling through the state less than 72 hours that is accompanied by any required ODA import permit.
(OAR 635-056, Updated 9/11/2014)
NEW: Native wildlife holding and propagating rules were revised as follows:
Protected Wildlife (endangerered/threatened species, non-game birds except European starling, house sparrow, and Eurasian collared-dove, and all listed species) are banned for possession except for the following permits:
Black bear, cougar, bobcat, raccoon, and skunk are now BANNED and new ones are limited to Wildlife Exhibitor/Animal Entertainment Industry or Wildlife Sanctuary Permit with a limit of 1 each for cougar, black bear and bobcat.
Grandfathered owners of black bear, cougar, bobcat, raccoon, skunk, chipmunk and squirrel need a Wildlife Holding ($26/animal +$2) or Wildlife Exhibitor/Animal Entertainment Industry or Wildlife Sanctuary Permit ($100 + $2), meet the state caging standards, and have proof they were legally acquired by 1/21/18. Two or more animals of different sex requires sterilization of either sex.
Wildlife Exhibitor/Animal Entertainment Industry or Wildlife Sanctuary Permit – Must be residents; Allows keeping retired animals that were exhibited; Limits transfers to other permittees or AZA and need permission to obtain new animals; Need documentation showing animals are exhibited for exhibition or education or active contract work along with statement of purpose for each animal and emergency action plan; and Written documentation of their qualifications and are 18+ years old with 2 years of experience with resume and 3 letters of recommendation except AZA. Allows holding unreleaseable injured and/or orphaned animals from the wild may be used for education under Wildlife Exhibitor/Animal Entertainment Industry Permit. Serious human injuries or deaths caused by animal must be immediately reported along with escapes. Sanctuaries must follow GFAS standards and NOT breed or commercial trade animals or allow unguided public tours or remove animals for non-medical reasons or allows direct public contact. Requires $1 million liability insurance for black bears, cougars and wolves exhibited to public. Wildlife used in films must follow AHA. Requires facilities not AZA or ZAA to become accredited by 1/21/2022. Permits require annual renewal.
(Adopted 1/20/17 - Effective 2/3/17)
Wildlife Rehabilitation Permit only allows treating and releasing wildlife. (OAR 635-044-0200 to 0235)
Agriculture - Need Import Permit and Certificate of Veterinary Inspection for raptors. Nontraditional livestock (reindeer, ostrich, emu, water buffalo and bison) are not regulated by the ODA. Herp need a CVI. No requirement for pet birds traveling with their family, but a CVI is required to exhibit or for retail stores. Ratites need CVI, must be isolated for 14 days prior, test negative for Salmonella Pullorum-Typhoid and have permanent ID.
Fish and Wildlife - Nonhuman primates must meet requirements in 603-011-0380. Mammals except ungulates must be captive bred, wild caught pets kept for a year before entry, or be USDA or AZA facilities with permission. White-tail deer require a special permit.
(OAR 603-011-0255, 603-011-0380 to 603-011-0420)