Hybrid Law tracks laws concerning ownership of hybrid cats and dogs in the United States, and where possible other countries. Legislation is listed by state and may include county and city.
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The wolf/dog hybrid act (passed summer of 2000) prohibits ownership of wolf/dog hybrids in Michigan. There is an exception provided for people who legally owned such animals prior to the passing of the act, if they adhere to "grandfather clause" requirements of the act. If you have questions regarding the wolf/dog hybrid act (act 246 of 2000), you may contact Mr. Al Rodriquez of the Michigan Department of Agriculture, Animal Industry Division at 517-373-1077 or Ms. Eileen Liska of Liska Associates at 248-887-2184.
The possession of live bobcats requires the owner to have a valid Permit to Hold Wildlife in Captivity issued by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Division. For more information regarding this permit send your name and mailing address and we will mail an application and information circular for the permit.
The possession of live lions, leopards, jaguars, tigers, cougars, panthers, or cheetahs is generally prohibited under the Large Carnivore Act, Act Number 274, Public Acts of 2000.
All other exotic cats (including servals) are generally not regulated. However, local units of government may have ordinances against the possession of exotic cats. A person should check with their City, Township, and/or County before possessing a live exotic cat.
Prior to importing any wild animal into the State of Michigan, a Veterinarians Certificate of Health from the state of origin is required. This certificate should be obtained and kept on file by anyone importing a wild animal into Michigan.
If exhibiting, or using exotic cats for commercial purposes, a United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) permit may be required. The contact person for this permit in Michigan is Dr. Curt Hammel (517-647-2124).
DNR, Wildlife Division
jansonj @ michigan.gov
Disclaimer: Please check all local, city, county, township, homeowners' ordinances in your area first before acquiring any hybrid or exotic animals.
ordinances and regulations from all levels of government affect the
ownership of exotic and hybrid animals. It is strongly recommended that
county and city laws, and homeowners association rules be researched
prior to buying or selling any hybrid animal.
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