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800:25-25-2. Definitions for classification of wildlife and domesticated species

The following are definitions for the classification of wildlife and domesticated species:
(1) Exotic wildlife. Exotic wildlife means any and all species of wildlife that are indigenous to, occur naturally, or are characteristic of another country other than the United States, its territories, commonwealths or possessions.
(2) Native wildlife. Native wildlife means any and all species of wildlife that are indigenous to or occur naturally within the United States, or any other territory, commonwealth, or possession of the United States.
(3) Domesticated animals. Domesticated animal means any animal kept for pleasure or for utility, that has adapted to life in association with and to the use by human beings, and shall not include animals which normally can be found in the wild state, unless specifically so designated by the Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission.
[Source: Added at 9 Ok Reg 1291, eff 11-15-91 (emergency); Added at 9 Ok Reg 3075, eff 7-13-92]

800:25-25-3. Exemptions

(a) The following wildlife species are exempt from import and export permits, commercial wildlife breeders licenses, noncommercial wildlife breeders licenses and commercial hunting area license requirements.
(1) Alpacas, guanacos and vicuans (all similar to llamas).
(2) Bison.
(3) Camels.
(4) Cats (except bobcats, lynx mountain lions, tigers, lions, leopards, cheetahs, panthers, jaguars, jaguarandi, ocelots, margays, servals, any cat which will reach a weight of 50 pounds or more, and other such species normally found in the wild).
(5) Cattle (Bos sp.)
(6) Chickens (domestic fowl, including guineas).
(7) Chinchillas.
(8) Dogs and hybrid wolves (except coyotes, jackals, foxes, pure wolves and other such species normally found in the wild).
(9) Exotic tropical fish (except those prohibited from import or possession by Commission regulation or statute).
(10) Ferrets (except black-footed, Mustela nigripes).
(11) Gerbils.
(12) Goats
(13) Guinea pigs.
(14) Hamsters.
(15) Hedgehogs.
(16) Horse, donkeys and mules.
(17) Llamas.
(18) Mice (except those species normally found in the wild).
(19) Native invertebrates (except crayfish and all freshwater mussels including Zebra mussel and Asian clam).
(20) Peafowl.
(21) Pigeons.
(22) Migratory waterfowl not listed as protected by Federal Regulation 50 CFR.
(23) Pigs except javelinas.
(24) rabbits (except cottontails, jackrabbits and swamp rabbits, and other such species normally found in the wild).
(25) Rats (except those species normally found in the wild).
(26) Salt water crustaceans and mollusks (import for human consumption).
(27) Sheep (except dall and bighorn sheep, Ovis sp.).
(28) Turkeys (except Rio Grande, Eastern, Merriam and Osceola or any subspecies).
(29) Zebras.
(30) Gerboa.
(31) Sugar gliders
(32) Civits.
(33) Wallaby.
(34) Kangaroo.
(35) Fennec Fox.
(36) Coatimundi.
(37) Primates.
(b) The following list of birds shall be exempt from import and export requirements, with the exception of those birds imported into the State of Oklahoma from countries outside the United States, its commonwealth's, territories or possessions. Upon reaching their final destination within the State of Oklahoma, such legally documented birds shall be considered a domesticated species and exempt from wildlife breeder's license requirements.
(1) Cockatoos, cockatiels, canaries, macaws and exotic finches.
(2) Psittacine birds (parrots, parakeets and budgerigars).
(3) Ratite birds (ostriches, rheas and emus).
(c) Except as otherwise provided, momtypic species and subspecies of reptiles and amphibians not indigenous to Oklahoma are exempt from import and export requirements and commercial and noncommercial wildlife breeder's license; except those which are biologically capable of establishing self-sustaining populations in the wild of Oklahoma and which may be potentially injurious or detrimental to Oklahoma's wildlife, agriculture or public safety in accordance with existing USDI or APHIS regulations. All venomous reptiles belonging to the families Elapidae (cobras, coral snakes, etc.), Hydrophiidae (sea snakes), Viperidae (vipers), Crotalidae (rattlesnakes, copperheads, cottonmouths, etc.) and the genus Dispholidus (boomslangs) and Helodermatidae (Gila monsters, beader lizards) and are not exempt from any requirements.
(d) Licensed Commercial or Noncommercial Wildlife Breeders are exempt from obtaining import/export permits for quail, chuker and pheasant or eggs of same; however, such breeders must provide a monthly report of activities.
[Source: Added at 9 Ok Reg 1291, eff 11-15-91 (emergency); Added at 9 Ok Reg 3075, eff 7-13-92; Amended at 14 Ok Reg 3278, eff 7-25-97]

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