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Tennessee General Assembly

      600 Charlotte Ave.

      Nashville, TN 37243


Sessions: 2 Years (odd-even)


Convenes: Jan (2nd Tue)


Adjourns: No set date

                - Usually 90 legislative days


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Tennessee Constitution Art III Sec 18


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Tennessee Constitution Art II Sec 20 

NEW: SB 2098 was signed into law allowing wildlife rehabilitators to take skunks from the wild, rehabilitate and release them.

MAIN LAW


Live wildlife: All native and exotic live wildlife is divided into classes:

  • Class I inherently dangerous species (zoos, circuses, commercial propagators, and grandfathered owners with personal possession permit and lineage up to 3 per species only)
  • Class II unlisted native species
  • Class III requiring no permit
  • Class IV (zoos and temporary exhibitors only)
  • Class V (zoos only)


Class I wildlife Requirements: Class I wildlife requires 2 years experience or 70% or better score on a written exam, 1 acre for personal possession or 3 acres for commercial propagators, recapture plan and equipment, 
microchip within 6 months or 7/1/2018 for ones owned before 7/1/15 (SB 1273/Ch. 331, 4/28/2015), and caging requirements for stationary facilities.  May not be in multi unit dwellings or be in public contact except for elephants and for felines and bears under 25 pounds between 8-12 weeks for 1 hour every 8 hours.  Off site exhibitions require 24 hours notice and off site exhibits with baby cats and bears requires 3 days notice.

Class I and II permit holders must have documentation of the name of the supplier and date of acquisition.  Inspections are required.  Propagating or selling them requires a permit for each location.

Other requirements: Class III wildlife may not be possessed by nature centers, rehabilitation centers, or educational exhibits, and these groups may not hold any other captive wildlife permit.  Permanent exhibitors must have a Commercial Propagators Permit for commercial selling of wildlife.  Zoos must be AZA or official municipal zoos and have 100,000 visitors annually.  Nature centers must educate the public about native ecosystems and may maintain Class II for educational purposes.   Rehabilitation centers may rehabilitate Class II and IV wildlife.  

(Tennessee Code 70-4-4; Tennessee Statutes 1660-1-18)


NATIVE SPECIES


BANS skunks except bona fide zoological parks and research institutions. (Tennessee Code 70-4-208)  NEW: Wildlife rehabilitators can now receive skunks from the wild to rehabilitate and release them (SB 2098/Chapter 652, 2018, Effective Immediately)



SPECIAL PERMITS


  • Falconry permits (Tennessee Statutes 1660-1-2-.03)
  • Scientific permits (Tennessee Code 70-2-213).



HEALTH LAWS


Canine and feline hybrids less than 25% wild are considered domestic animals under the rabies law, requiring a rabies vaccine by 3 months. (Tennessee Code 68-8-101 to 103)



IMPORT


Importationof all wildlife except Class III or by zoos or temporary exhibitors requires an importation permit.  Import Ban

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Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency

     Ellington Agricultural Center

     440 Hogan Rd.

     Nashville, TN 37220 
     (615) 781-6610

Board: Wildlife Resources

             Commission


Meets: Quarterly (Thu & Fri) 


NEXT MEETING: Jul 12-13


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(615) 781-6585