Georgia’s wild animal laws prohibit unique pets

Georgia’s wild animal laws prohibit unique pets
Thomas Wheatley
Illustration of a rhinoceros wearing a collar and leash

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Consider twice previous to buying that lemur, crocodile or piranha as your upcoming pet. Ditto for hippos. They only might probably be on the guidelines of Georgia’s verboten pets.

Driving the knowledge: Earlier week, Atlanta rapper Rick Ross’ pet buffaloes escaped his Fayette County farm and wandered near his group.

  • The incident — no a single was harmed — turned an early contender for 2023’s most “WTF, ATL?” tales.
  • Nevertheless it additionally purchased us pondering: What customers of the animal kingdom are off-boundaries in Ga when it should come to for good good associates?

Specifics: The Ga Workplace of Purely pure Means retains an appreciable itemizing of depart-them-on your personal animals.

  • Nearly each type of native animal you discover within the wild is a no-go. That applies to black bears, bobcats, sea turtles and the one-toed Amphiuma, that’s by Rascal.
  • For non-native or distinctive species, politely decline provides to ship family freshwater stingrays, warthogs and manatees.

There are a number of, fairly a number of extra.

Flash once more: Situation wildlife officers expanded Georgia’s guidelines in November for the to start out with time contemplating that the mid-Nineties and included necessities for householders of non-domestic cats to have obligation insurance coverage protection.

Of be aware: People are allowed to personal a few of these animals — however not as pets — with a license or allow or in the event that they’re tagged and registered with the purpose out.


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