§ 137.1. Importation, possession, sale and release of certain wildlife.
(a) Unless otherwise provided in this section or the act, it is unlawful for a person to import, possess, sell, offer for sale or release within this Commonwealth the following wild animals or wild birds or the eggs of the birds or a crossbreed or hybrid of the wild animals or wild birds, which are similar in appearance:
(1) In the family Felidae. Species and subspecies, except species which are commonly called house cats which may be possessed but not released into the wild. Lawfully acquired bobcatsLynx rufusmay be imported or possessed, or both, by licensed propagators specifically for propagation for fur farming purposes. Importation permits and transfer permits as mentioned in subsections (d) and (e) are not required for bobcats imported for propagation for fur farming purposes. Bobcats imported under this exception and their progeny may not be sold or transferred for wildlife pet purposes or released into the wild.
(2) In the family Canidae. Species and subspecies of the coyote, the red and gray fox and a full-blooded wolf or crossbreed thereof not licensed by the Department of Agriculture. Lawfully acquired coyotes and red or gray foxes may be imported or possessed, or both, by licensed propagators specifically for propagation for fur farming purposes. Coyotes and red and gray foxes imported under this exception and their progeny may not be sold or transferred for wildlife pet purposes or released into the wild. This subsection does not permit the sale for release or the release of the mammals into the wild.
(3) In the family Ursidae. All species of the bears.
(4) In the family Procyonidae. All species of raccoons.
(5) In the family Capromyidae. The nutria.
(6) In the family Mustelidae. All species of the skunks.
(7) The order Primates. All families of nonhuman primates.
(8) An animal, bird or egg of a bird listed by the Commonwealth or the United States Department of the Interior as threatened, endangered or injurious.
(9) The Monk Parakeet, Myiopsitts monachus, sometimes referred to as the Quaker Parakeet or Gray-headed Parakeet.
(10) Game or wildlife taken alive from the wild, except the Commission may import wildlife taken from the wild for enhancement of this Commonwealths wild fauna.
(11) Game or wild held captive. Game or wildlife held in captivity or captive bred in another state or nation.
(b) Nothing in this section prevents a Nationally recognized circus from temporarily bringing wildlife into this Commonwealth in connection with presenting circus performances.
(c) Nothing in this section prevents zoological gardens from importing wildlife.
(d) A person wishing to import lawfully acquired wildlife, or parts thereof, shall first obtain an importation permit from the Commission subject to the following:
(1) Importation permits will be issued for a fee of $50 for each transaction.
(2) A person wishing to import wildlife for a menagerie, exotic wildlife possession, exotic wildlife dealer or propagation purposes shall be in possession of a menagerie, exotic wildlife possession, exotic wildlife dealer or propagation permit prior to submitting the application for an import permit. See Chapter 147 (relating to special permits).
(3) An application for an importation permit shall state the name and address of the applicant, name and address of the person supplying the wildlife, the common and scientific name and the number of wildlife to be covered by the permit, the purpose for which the wildlife is being imported, the qualifications of the applicant to use the wildlife for the stated purpose and the location where the wildlife will be housed or retained.
(4) Menagerie permittees who also possess a USDA Class C Exhibitor permit and who operate a menagerie facility as their primary means of making a livelihood, are exempt from the possession prohibition of this section, and may import lawfully acquired wildlife pursuant to an importation permit.
(e) Transfer of wildlife imported under subsection (d), or its progeny, or parts thereof, to a second party by sale, trade, barter or gift may only be done subject to the following:
(1) A permit issued by the Commission is required to transfer by sale, trade, barter or gift, wildlife or its progeny, or a part thereof.
(2) The fee for a transfer permit is $50.
(3) Transfer is limited to persons authorized to lawfully import wildlife.
(f) Live wildlife imported for any reason shall be accompanied by a certificate of veterinary inspection signed by an accredited veterinarian.
The provisions of this § 137.1 amended under the Game and Wildlife Code, 34 Pa.C.S. § § 2102(a) and (c), 2163(a), and 2901(b).
The provisions of this § 137.1 adopted June 8, 1953; amended June 19, 1987, effective July 1, 1987, 17 Pa.B. 2464; amended July 22, 1988, effective upon publication and applies retroactively to July 1, 1988, 18 Pa.B. 3213; amended December 8, 1989, effective December 9, 1989, 19 Pa.B. 5215; amended August 24, 1990, effective September 24, 1990, 20 Pa.B. 4488; amended May 29, 1992, effective July 1, 1992, 22 Pa.B. 2839; amended March 21, 2003, effective March 22, 2003, 33 Pa.B. 1471; amended March 23, 2007, effective March 24, 2007, 37 Pa.B. 1310; amended June 27, 2008, effective June 28, 2008, 38 Pa.B. 3499; amended January 26, 2010, effective April 3, 2010, 40 Pa.B. 1736. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (335303) to (335305).
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