BANS all felines, coyotes, red and gray foxes, wolves and wolf hybrids, bears, raccoons, nutria, skunks, nonhuman primates, monk parakeets, threatened or endangered species, and game except as otherwise allowed under exotic wildlife permit. Bobcats, coyotes, and red and gray foxes may be possessed or imported by licensed propagators but not sold or transferred as pets, including any offspring. Captive born species with nationally recognized circuses and zoological gardens are exempt, but circuses must submit list of acts and dates, public zoological gardens must show they received a government grant, and private zoological gardens must be AZA. (PA Code Ch. 137.1, 137.2, 137.31)
Permits require 2 years hands-on experience at a recognized/approved facility and caging requirements. Animals may not be exhibited except to clients, and may not be removed from their cages except for Menagerie Permits. For Menagerie Permits, bears, felines and canines must stay in their cages and not have public contact, but others may be removed for stage and arena performances and ruminant animals, capuchins, chimps, and elephants are allowed public contact.
(58 PA Code Ch. 147, Subch A, M – O; 34 PA Statutes Ch. 29, Subch D)
BANS wild caught herp for sale, trade or barter except for common snapping turtles.
Harrisburg, PA 17101
Sessions: 2 Years (odd-even)
Convenes: Jan (1st Tue)
Odd Years - No set date
Even Years - Nov 30
During Session: 10 days
After Session: 30 days after adj
Pocket Veto: No
Pennsylvania Constitution Art IV Sec 15
Pennsylvania Statutes Tit I Part V Sec 1701