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Vermont State Laws Governing Private Possession of Exotic Animals

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• VT. STAT. ANN. Tit. 10, §4709 - Importation, stocking wild animals

(a) A person shall not bring into the state or possess any live wild bird or animal of any kind, unless, upon application in writing therefor, the person obtains from the commissioner a permit to do so. The importation permit may be granted under such regulations therefor as the board shall prescribe and only after the commissioner has made such investigation and inspection of the birds or animals as she or he may deem necessary. The department may dispose of unlawfully imported wildlife as it may judge best, and the state may collect treble damages from the violator of this subsection for all expenses incurred.

(b) Nothing in this section shall prohibit the commissioner or duly authorized agents of the fish and wildlife department from bringing into the state for the purpose of planting, introducing or stocking, or from planting, introducing or stocking in the state, any wild bird or animal.

(c) Applicants shall pay a permit fee of $50.00.

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