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Dangerous Wildlife License

Statutory Authority: ECL 3-0301, 11-0325, 11-0511 and 6 NYCRR Part 175 and Part 180

No person may possess, release, transport, import or export, or cause to be released, transported, imported, or exported, any of the following live wildlife:

  • All subspecies of the lion, (Panthera leo)
  • The raccoon dog (Nyctereutes procyonides)
  • Any Wolf/Dog hybrid
  • Any animal, whose overall appearance makes it difficult, or impossible to distinguish from a wolf (Canis lupis), or a coyote (Canis latrans).

These animals present a danger to the health and welfare of the people of New York State, and its indigenous wildlife populations.

Please note:

  • Native wildlife may not be kept as pets in New York State.
  • Licenses for these animals will be issued for scientific, educational, and exhibitory purposes only.
  • Federal permits from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or USDA may also be required depending on species and activity.
  • This license expires annually on date of issuance.
  • There is a $10.00 licensing fee per animal.

Please contact the Special Licenses Unit with any questions or concerns or to apply for this permit.

Special Licenses Unit
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233-4752

List of applicable Laws and Regulations

New York Environmental Conservation Law (ECL)

Please visit New York State Legislature Website (Leaves DEC website)

  • 03-0301 General functions, powers and duties of the department and the commissioner.
  • 11-0325 Control of dangerous diseases.
  • 11-0511 Possession and transportation of wildlife.

New York Codes Rules and Regulations (6NYCRR)

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