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Oregon State Laws Governing Private Possession of Exotic Animals

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OR. REV. STAT. §609.305 - Definitions for ORS 609.305 to 609.335.

As used in ORS 609.305, 609.309, 609.319 to 609.335 and 609.992, "exotic animal" means:

(1) Any lion, tiger, leopard, cheetah, ocelot or any other cat not indigenous to Oregon, except the species Felis catus (domestic cat);

(2) Any monkey, ape, gorilla or other nonhuman primate;

(3) Any wolf or any canine not indigenous to Oregon, except the species Canis familiaris (domestic dog); and

(4) Any bear, except the black bear (Ursus americanus).


OR. REV. STAT. §609.319 - Permit required to keep exotic animal.

No person may keep an exotic animal in this state unless, before acquiring the animal, the person possesses, or has applied for and not been refused or have had revoked or suspended, a valid State Department of Agriculture permit for such animal issued pursuant to ORS 609.335. No person may keep an exotic animal in this state for more than 30 days after the expiration, revocation or suspension of such a permit.

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