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All shipments of wildlife, except for amphibians and reptiles, must be accompanied by a certificate of veterinary inspection issued by a veterinarian (301 KAR 2:081/082).
301 KAR 2:082. Transportation and holding of exotic wildlife.
The Department does not issue permits for the holding (i.e. possession within Kentucky) of exotic wildlife; however, importation or transportation of exotic wildlife from out-of-state, requires a wildlife transportation permit. Environmentally injurious and inherently-dangerous exotic wildlife species are prohibited unless you’re exempted; some species regularly held as livestock or pets are exempt from the transportation permit requirement.
What does this really mean?
Local ordinances may be stricter than state regulation, and some counties and cities prohibit additional species or restrict wildlife possession beyond the level of the state. It is a person’s individual responsibility to ensure compliance with all local ordinances. Always ensure a species you plan to possess is legal through all levels of government.
*Exotic wildlife shall not be released into the wild,* with the exception of pheasants and chukars.
Environmentally Injurious - A person shall not
import, possess, or transport through Kentucky the following species:
Inherently Dangerous - A person shall not import or possess the following species:
In addition to obtaining a transportation permit from the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, the applicant is responsible for ensuring that the shipment is in compliance with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s entry and avian influenza requirements. (302 KAR 20:020,
20:250) In light of recent highly pathogenic avian influenza occurrences in the U.S., birds must originate from a National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) avian influenza H5/H7 certified flock. The NPIP flock number shall be recorded on the Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) per
301 KAR 2:084.
In light of the recent threat of the introduction of the salamander chytrid fungus into the U.S., the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has issued an interim rule under the Lacey Act by which the importation, transportation, or acquisition of any live or dead specimen of the following genera is prohibited: Chioglossa, Cynops, Euproctus, Hydromantes, Hynobius, Ichthyosaura, Lissotriton, Neurergus, Notophthalmus, Onychodactylus, Paramesotriton, Plethodon, Pleurodeles, Salamandra, Salamandrella, Salamandrina, Siren, Taricha, Triturus, and Tylototriton.
With limited exceptions, the following shall not be
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A wildlife transportation permit shall be obtained for all shipments of wildlife (native or exotic) prior to:
There are two types of wildlife transportation permits:
All shipments of wildlife, excepting reptiles and amphibians, shall be accompanied by a certificate of veterinary inspection. This is not required with your application; it must be with the wildlife during shipment and available if stopped for inspection.
A person may apply for a transportation permit to temporarily transport into and through the state to a destination outside of Kentucky a
prohibited inherently-dangerous species and shall not:
The following shall not require any permits from the Department for importation, transportation, or possession:
Individual wildlife transportation permits are valid for only the range of dates authorized upon issuance.
Annual wildlife transportation permits are valid for a period of one (1) year from the date of issuance.
An applicant for a wildlife transportation permit shall be at least 18 years old and submit an application fee ($25 individual, $250 annual) and complete
individual wildlife transportation permit application or
annual wildlife transportation permit application.
**Online Option** An applicant for an
individual wildlife transportation permit may also utilize our online application system to quickly complete their application at any time, provide payment by credit/debit card, and have a printable permit without delay.
Proceed to the online application system.