F1, F2 and F3 generation are illegal to own in Alberta. Only F4, etc are legal to own in Alberta.
Ones that we may allow a person to possess: such as a registered generation F4 Savannah cat, still couldn’t actually be imported into Canada. If you check with the Federal Government first, then you can find out what can be brought into Canada. If the animal is already in Canada, then you can inquire with a District SRD Fish and Wildlife Office. For a list of SRD Offices you can visit our department web site address at: http://srd.alberta.ca/fieldoffices/default.aspx Alberta’s Wildlife Regulation lists animals as controlled animals. It is unlawful to possess a controlled animal in Alberta without proper authority. Authority to possess controlled animals in Alberta is occasionally granted to zoos for example but not to persons to keep such animals as pets. The list of controlled animals can be viewed in Schedule 5 of Alberta’s Wildlife Regulation Under the Queens Printer web site at http://www.qp.gov.ab.ca/custom_page.cfm?page_id=6 Under the sub link List Regulations go to the link on Wildlife Regulations and go to Schedule 5 you will find a list of controlled animals.
Alberta’s legislation does not prohibit a person from owning a hybrid of a wolf and a dog. Under provincial law, wolves are classified as furbearing animals and so cannot be kept as pets, but wolf/dog crosses can be legally possessed without special permits.
Before getting a wolf/dog cross, contact your municipal office as local bylaws may place restrictions on owning such pets.
Per Penny LaLonde:
Periodically our Ministry receives requests regarding the importation of domestic x wildcat hybrids (ie. Serval cats, Savannah cats).
The definition of “wildlife” means a vertebrate animal of any species, excluding fish, that is wild by nature in Saskatchewan and includes:
(i) any part, tissue, genetic material, eggs, sperm, embryos or other forms of developmental life; and
(ii) any exotic wildlife found in Saskatchewan.
The definition of “exotic wildlife” means a vertebrate animal of any species, excluding fish, that is:
(i) not native to Saskatchewan; and
(ii) usually found wild in nature in its natural habitat; and
(iii) any part tissue, genetic material, eggs, sperm, embryos or other forms of developmental life of a vertebrate animal
The research I have done clearly tells me that serval cats still exist in wild populations in other countries, therefore would be defined as exotic wildlife and a permit would be required to import and retain in the province.
Since our Ministry has adopted a wildlife management policy based upon ecosystem health and integrity, and in April of 2000 produced a cabinet-approved Fish and Wildlife Policy Framework detailing the management principles, our Ministry will not be authorizing any introductions of exotic wildlife into the province or the wild regardless of how many generations from the serval these cats are. The Fish and Wildlife Policy Framework document states: item 2.2 management processes will maintain or enhance ecosystem integrity, item 2.5 give priority to native species and habitats with respect to protection and management activities, item 2.8 determine the potential genetic and ecological impacts of fish and willdlife translocations within the province before they are undertaken. Therefore, the Ministry does permit introduction of exotic wildlife onto the provincial landscape.
Unfortunately the law allows the sale of some exotic species without permits but not the import of these species into the province.
Ministry of Environment
Fish and Wildlife Branch
Fraser Valley, Brisitish Columbia:
All generations of savannah cats are illegal, according to savannah owners and breeders from the area.
Disclaimer: Please check all local, city, county, township, homeowners’ ordinances in your area first before acquiring any hybrid or exotic animals.