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What Are the Rules for Owning an Exotic Pet in Indiana?

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Did you know that it is perfectly legal in the state of Indiana to have a pet alligator, beaver, wolf and even a bear? Well, it is just as long as you do things by the book and obtain a wild animal possession permit from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

Surprisingly, this permit, which can be obtained from the Division of Fish and Wildlife, also allows people to keep endangered species as pets. However, it is imperative to your eligibility that the animals you possess are acquired legally.

Completed applications along with a $10 permit fee and the signature of a licensed veterinarian can simply be mailed to the DNR’s permit coordinator in Indianapolis. Once the permit is approved, it is mandatory that it be renewed annually.

To find out more about the legalities of owning a wild animal or endangered species in Indiana, click here.

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