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Protecting Wildlife and Plant Resources
Captive Wildlife Safety Act

The Captive Wildlife Safety Act addresses concerns about public safety amid growing private ownership of big cats in the United States. The law, which becomes effective September 17, 2007, makes it illegal to move certain types of live big cats across State lines or U.S. borders unless you qualify as exempt. Big cats covered by the Act include lions, tigers, leopards, snow leopards, clouded leopards, jaguars, cheetahs, and cougars; all subspecies of these species; and hybrid combinations of these species.


Last updated: February 14, 2013