312 IAC 9-3-18.5 Exotic mammals
Authority: IC 14-22-2-6; IC 14-22-32-6
Affected: IC 14-8-2-278; IC 14-22; IC 15-17-5
Sec. 18.5. (a) A person must not take, as defined by IC 14-8-2-278, an exotic mammal that is a species from any of the
following families of mammals:
(4) Canidae (jackal, wild dog, and other exotic foxes).
(11) Felidae (mountain lion, lynx, tiger, and other exotic cats).
(27) A hybrid or genetically altered mammal of any of these families.
In Indiana, the DNR requires a permit to possess a purebred or hybrid exotic animal as a pet.
The laws governing the wild animal possession permit issued by the DNR can be found in Indiana Code 14-22-26 and Indiana Administrative Code at
312 IAC 9-11. These can be found on-line at:
http://www.in.gov/legislative/iac/iac_title?iact=312 (click on Article 9 for Fish and Wildlife). There are specific housing requirements.
Laws specifically pertaining to ownership of wolf hybrids and coydogs can be found at:
Regarding generation of hybrid felines, according to Linnea Peterchoff of the Indiana Fish and Wildlife:
“The savannah cats (all generations, including F1) are exempt from needing a permit from the DNR because they are a hybrid between a domestic cat and a wild cat (serval). I am aware of the fact that TICA considers them to be domestic cats, and that was one reason why we added this provision to our regulations a couple of years ago.”
Operations Staff Specialist
Division of Fish and Wildlife
402 W. Washington Street, Room W273
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: (317) 233-6527
Fax: (317) 232-8150
http://www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/files/fw-WAP_Laws.pdf 312 IAC 9-11-7
Also included in this rule:
Asian leopard cat (Prionailurus bengalensis)
Margay cat (Felis wiedi)
Jaguarundi cat (Felis yagouaroundi)
Jungle cat (Felis chaus)
Pallas’ cat (Felis manul)
Sand cat (Felis margarita)
Black-footed cat (Felis nigripes)
Flat-headed cat (Prionailurus planiceps)
Fishing cat (Prionailurus viverrinus)
Geoffroy’s cat (Leopardus geoffroyi)
Pampas cat (Leopardus pajeros)
Little spotted cat (Leopardus tigrinus)
Pantanal cat (Leopardus braccatus)
Marbled cat (Pardofelis marmorata)
Disclaimer: Please check all local, city, county, township, homeowners’ ordinances in your area first before acquiring any hybrid or exotic animals.