Link HERE to all states' wildlife departments addresses and phone numbers.
Always call your state office before getting a pet skunk. Laws are always changing. Please check your county laws, even though the state is legal your county may have restrictions.
Anyone selling a skunk must be USDA licensed whether it is a facility, breeder, dealer, pet store, private person, or broker. Please go to this link to check the status of their USDA permit → https://acis.aphis.edc.usda.gov/ords/f?p=116:203. Click button to continue. When the Animal Care Information System ( A.C.I.S.) search tool appears, if you want to find a particular report, type the licensed/registered name of the facility in the text box at the top of the page and click the button. Then, click on the tab in the results section. Finally, click on the button for the exact report you want to view.
Some states require special permits to sell skunks in addition to the USDA permit.
Anyone exhibiting a skunk, for a fee or without compensation, must have a USDA license. Most states do require additional permits for exhibiting, you should verify with your state wildlife and state and local health officials before exhibiting.
Many states require permits to own skunks. Always abide by the laws in your state.
The term - Illegal - means you can not own a skunk as a pet in that state. The state has the right to KILL your skunk if you get caught. It also means that you may not be able to find vet care for your skunk.
The term -Legal- (in blue text) means that there are restrictions which would prevent you from having certain colors, not allow importing skunks from other states, etc. Please check with the contact person/office provided for specific information and assistance before obtaining a skunk.
Please have a veterinarian prior to obtaining a pet skunk. Please do your homework BEFORE you get a pet skunk to make sure they are the right pet for you. Do not buy as a spur of the moment pet. Be sure you want a pet skunk, once you buy your skunk you can not turn around and sell it without the proper permits. It is illegal in most states! It is legal to give your skunk to someone.
Always keep your receipt to prove your skunk did not come from the wild; get the permit numbers from the business/person you get the skunk from. Most states require a paper trail for skunks.
If you see any problems or need updating please contact the webmaster.
The credit for this part of our web site goes to both Aspen Skunk Rabies Research, Inc. (by permission) and Deborah Cipriani.
|Alabama||Legal||(334)242-3467 (Capt. Kevin Dodd)|
|Skunks must have permits, no
importing allowed. The law requires that skunks be obtained from a
licensed game breeder within the state and currently there are no legal
sources of skunks in AL.
Exemptions may apply for valid educational facilities.
|Arizona||Illegal||(602)942-3000 Arizona Customer Service|
|You can NOT own a skunk. You CAN NOT get a permit to keep a skunk until it dies; a Temporary Holding Permit may be obtained for new entrants but is only good for 72 hours, after that you have to get rid of the skunk.|
|Arkansas||Illegal||Little Rock: (501)223-6300 or Toll Free: 1(800)364-4263|
|AGFC Headquarters, 2 Natural
Resources Drive, Little Rock, AR 72205
March of 2003 laws changed to NO Importing or Exporting of skunks. Dec.2003 laws changed, only licensed rehabbers will be allowed to keep skunks. No one will be able to own skunks as pets.
Arkansas Game and Fish Law 15.18
15.18 WILDLIFE IMPORTATION RESTRICTIONS. It shall be unlawful to import, ship,
|Colorado||Illegal||(303)297-1192 Press 5 for Customer Service|
|You may also read more on their laws at www.wildlife.co.us/RulesRegs/Regulations/|
|Connecticut||Illegal||(860)642-7239 (Elaine Hinich), Educational (860)424-3011 (Chris)|
|Delaware||Illegal||(302)739-5297 & (302)739-4403|
|Need permit first. Skunks are considered Class 3 animal.|
|You may want to see more rules at http://gadnrle.org/node/86
or write to:
Wildlife Resources Division
2065 U.S. Hwy. 278, S.E.
Social Circle, GA 30025
|Hawaii||Illegal||(808)587-0166, Fax: (808)587-0160|
|Idaho||Illegal||(208)334-3700, Fax: (208)334-2114 or (208)334-2148|
|In Idaho, it is not legal for
private citizens to own, possess, buy, sell, trade or barter skunks.
See Idaho code section - 25-236.
Title 25 of the Idaho code can be read at http://www3.state.id.us/idstat/TOC/25FTOC.html
|Illinois||Illegal||(217)782-6431 Tom Wakolbinger, Director, Office of Law Enforcement|
I need help rallying suport for a bill to legalize domestic skunks in Illinois. I understand privacy for privelaged people, but maybe you can help from the sidelines. Anyone out there? Here is a link to a soapbox call for action at congress.org
Thanks a Million, Dom
|Indiana||Legal||(317)232-4080, Fax: (317)571-1223|
|Permits required before you buy
your skunk. DNR will come out to inspect your home.
Changes to state laws regarding the Wild Animal Possession Permit:
- Require a permit before taking possession of the animal, regardless of whether
|You must buy/receive your skunk from a licensed Game Breeder or someone with the proper licenses. Must save your receipt to prove your skunk did not come from the wild. IF you give/sell/offering your skunk to another party you must obtain a game breeder license first before transfer of ownership to be legal.|
|Kentucky||Legal in some counties||(800)852-0942 Jim Lang|
|NEW state laws went into effect
1/04/05. No Importing skunks. You must buy from a breeder within the
You must apply for captive wildlife permit before getting a skunk. The cost is $75.00 for a three year permit. Breeder permit cost $100.00 per year.
Refer to www.lrc.state.ky.us/kar/301/002/081.htm.
NOTE : If you are traveling through the state with your skunks on any highway you must apply for a transportation permit prior to entering the state.
Some counties are not legal.
|Louisiana||Illegal||Emile LeBlanc (225) 765-2344
|The Louisiana Department of
Wildlife and Fisheries does not issue permits to keep skunks as pets.
For further information please contact Emile LeBlanc at (225) 765-2344
|Maine's laws changed Feb 2002 to NOT LEGAL. May allow a person with a USDA Class B or Class C for educational purpose ONLY PLUS you must apply for a State Educational Permit. Skunk is used for education only. Also must apply for Import Permit.|
|Maryland||Illegal||In State(877)620-8DNR (8367), Out of State (410)260-8100|
|MD. CODE ANN.,
NAT. RES. §70D
(a) Prohibited conduct. -
|Massachusetts||Illegal||(508)792-7270 Tom French is the one who issues permits|
|MA will allow a person with a USDA Class B or Class C for educational purpose ONLY PLUS you must apply for a State Educational Permit. The skunk must be used for Education only.|
|NO IMPORTING. Skunk must come from breeder within the state, permits are required before you get a skunk, cage requirements must be met before you get your skunk. DNR will come out to inspect before issuing permit.|
|Minnesota||Illegal||(651)296-6157 or (888)MINN-DNR (MN State DNR) and (651)297-2072 Ed Boggess (Head wildlife officer, MN State DNR)|
|It is unlawful to import into or
export out of this state any live skunk for sale, exchange, or gift for
any purpose whatsoever, or acquire, barter, exchange, give, or purchase
any live skunks.
Public Health Provisions, Section 145.365 Trafficing in skunks. http://www.revisor.leg.state.mn.us/stats/145/365.html
Subdivision 1. Prohibition. In order to protect the public health
|Mississippi||Illegal||(601)432-2174 Law Enforcement, (601)432-2400|
|In 1989 laws changed to Illegal to possess any game or fur bearing animals native to the state.|
|Montana||Illegal||(406)444-2074, Fax: (406)444-2684|
|Montana Department of Health
TITLE 50. HEALTH AND SAFETY, CHAPTER 23. RABIES CONTROL
50-23-101. Definitions. Unless the context requires otherwise, in this part, the
|Nebraska||Illegal||(402)471-0641, Fax: (402)471-2900|
LAW 37-477 Certain animals kept in captivity; permit required; exceptions; rules and regulations. (1) No person shall keep in captivity in this state any wild birds, any wild mammals, any nongame wildlife in need of conservation as determined by the commission under section 37-805, or any wildlife determined to be an endangered or threatened species under the Endangered Species Act or section 37-806 without first having obtained a permit to do so as provided by section 37-478 or 37-479. (2) Except as provided in subsection (3) of this section, no person shall keep in captivity in this state any wolf, any skunk, or any member of the families Felidae and Ursidae. This subsection shall not apply to (a) the species Felis domesticus, (b) any zoo, park, refuge, wildlife area, or nature center owned or operated by a city, village, state, or federal agency, or (c) any person who holds a captive wildlife permit issued pursuant to section 37-479 and who raises Canada Lynx ( Lynx canadensis ) or bobcats ( Lynx rufus ) solely for the purpose of producing furs for sale to individuals or businesses or for the purpose of producing breeding stock for sale to persons engaged in fur production. (3) Any person legally holding in captivity, on March 1, 1986, any animal subject to the prohibition contained in subsection (2) of this section shall be allowed to keep the animal for the duration of its life. Such animal shall not be traded, sold, or otherwise disposed of without written permission from the commission. (4) The commission shall adopt and promulgate rules and regulations governing the purchase, possession, propagation, sale, and barter of wild birds, wild mammals, and wildlife in captivity. Source: Laws 1957, c. 151, § 1, p. 490; Laws 1971, LB 733, § 9; Laws 1986, LB 558,
|Nevada||Illegal||(775)687-4360, Fax: (775)687-6122|
|New Hampshire||Illegal||(603)271-3421 Fish and Game|
|NOT LEGAL. May allow a person with a USDA Class B or Class C for educational purpose ONLY PLUS you must apply for a State Educational Permit. The skunk must be used for education only. NO importing.|
|New Jersey||Legal Permits Required||Krista Moser
Technician II New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection,Division of Fish and Wildlife
|NJ now allows for importation from states that have the same variant of rabies with proper paperwork.
MUST apply for an import permit before getting skunk from another state.
Contact, Krista Moser, Technician II New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection,Division of Fish and Wildlife.
The link to the CDC's web site showing the map for the different variants of rabies is: http://www.cdc.gov/rabies/exposure/animals/wildlife_reservoirs.html
|New Mexico||Illegal||NM Game & Fish: (505)476-8064
Department of Health (Epidemiology): (505)827-0006
|You need two permits for your
skunk to enter the state of NM One from the Department of Health and
one from the NM Game & Fish. The NM Game & Fish will NOT issue
any import permits for captive bred skunks to enter the state. Nor will
they issue any permit for any skunk as a pet.
7 NMAC 4.2.12 POSSESSION OF SKUNKS Due to the presence of rabies in skunks and the hazard to the public health of rabies developing in skunks kept as pets, no person shall import into the state, nor capture with intent to keep as a pet, nor buy, sell, trade nor possess any skunk except in connection with a recognized zoological park or research institution or by permit from the department. Permits may be approved only for skunks born in captivity. Application for permit shall be made on a form provided by the Division. [08-27-79; 10-31-96]
|New York||Illegal||(518)402-8990 Special Licenses|
|No longer issuing permits for any
Pursuant to [NYS] Environmental Conservation Law 11 -0515 licenses to possess wildlife in New York State may only be issued for scientific, exhibition, propagation and banding purposes to individuals associated with a scientific institution, clinic, laboratory, educational facilities and individual researchers associated with these entities. Wildlife may not be possesed as pets in New York State. Wildlife is defined as both captive bred and animals existing in a wild state. The New York State Department of Health has identified the raccoon, skunk and bats as rabies vector species. These animals may not be imported, transported or possessed in New York State.
|North Carolina||Illegal||(919)733-7191 Law enforcement, (919)661-4872 or (919)662-4575 Wildlife Management Division|
|No pet permits will be given out.
Rules for people having USDA permit:
People having a USDA permit for educational purposes only Class C also need to apply for a captivity permit for skunks to be use for educational purposes only.
North Carolina Law, Code 15ANCAC10H.0301
52B.0212 IMPORTATION REQUIREMENTS: WILD ANIMALS
|North Dakota||Illegal||(701)328-2654 Board of Animal Health|
|Permits required after you buy your skunk. DNR will come out to inspect. Must keep the receipt to prove the skunk did not come from the wild. Must buy from a licensed commercial propagator - dealer, breeder, pet store.|
|Oklahoma||Legal||(405)521-3719 Call Law Department|
|Apply for Non-Commercial breeder license first. Must buy from a licensed dealer/breeder. Must get import permit before you buy your skunk. Need Health Certificate to bring into the state. Note: Should have a vet willing to care for the skunk first.|
|Oregon||Legal||(503)947-6000 / (800)720-6339|
|Permits required. Cannot sell skunk within the state. Must call for an Import Number before skunk enters the state.|
|Pennsylvania||Legal||(717)783-8164 Law Enforcement|
|Permits required, the Law Enforcement division of PA Fish and Game requests that in-state residents buy from a license dealer/breeder within the state of PA for pet purposes. No importing pet skunks.|
|South Carolina||Legal||(803)734-4004 SC Department of Natural
Resources, Law Enforcement Division
(803)734-3886 SC Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division
(803)898-3432 SC Department of Health and Environmental Control
|No permit required to possess
skunks within the state.
Cannot buy or sell within the state.
No sale, purchase, donation, or transfer of ownership of skunks to private parties or private parties having a USDA permit after July 2,2003. Law changed July 3, 2003, Rabies Control Act Title 47 Chapter 5
No importing allowed for pet skunks. SC Code of Laws Chapter 16 Section 50-16-10 specifically states the prohibition, and USDA license exhibition and pet trade exemptions, on importing wildlife animals (including skunks).
Title 50 - Fish, Game and Watercraft CHAPTER 16. IMPORTATION OF WILDLIFE SECTION 50-16-10. "Wildlife" defined.
|South Dakota||Legal||(605)773-3321 Animal Industry Board|
|You must apply for a license
first, and there are cage requirements. The facility will be inspected
before obtaining a skunk and it will be decided if a permit can be
issued or not. The skunk must have a form of ID, micro chip or tattoo.
To import a skunk into the state a health certificate must be obtained;
a vet in the state the skunk is coming from must call the SD Animal
Industry Board to get an Import Permit Number.
|Tennessee||Illegal||Please call Wally Cook - (615)781-6580 or (615)781-6647 Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency|
|Any skunks WILL be confiscated and
Information is not available on the internet > Act in place 1974
TCA Law 70-4-208 Unlawful importation of skunks-
Captive Law does not negate TCA Law 70-4-208.
|Texas||Illegal||(512)389-4647, Russell is the contact.|
|NO PET SKUNK PERMITS ARE GIVEN OUT! You have to send a letter to Texas Wildlife Dept. and Texas Dept. of Health to get a letter of authorization to keep a skunk. They are NOT issuing any letters of authorization at this time because of the rabies outbreak in the state. You would also need a Fur Bearer propagator permit, cost $75.00. These are given after an inspection of the facility. This is for a commercial business ONLY. Only other permits for skunks are Educational (non-profit, in addition to USDA Class B or Class C) and Zoological.|
|Utah||Illegal||(435)789-4078 & (435)865-0861 Fax: (435)789-4805|
|Vermont||Illegal||(802)241-3700 Dept. Fish & Wildlife|
|Virginia||Illegal||(804)367-1000 Game Commission|
|The Washington State Legislature - Chapter 246-100-191
WAC 246-100-191 Animals, birds, pets -- Measures to prevent human disease. (1) All persons and entities are prohibited from: (a) [ED: subparagraphs of (1) do not apply to skunks.] (2) Except for bonafide public or private zoological parks, persons and entities are prohibited from: (a) Importing into Washington state any bat, skunk, fox, raccoon, or coyote without a permit from the director of the Washington State Department of Agriculture, as required in WAC 16-54-125 ; and
|West Virginia||Legal||(304)558-2771 Sherry Young / (304)558-2784 Law Enforcement|
|NO IMPORTATION of skunks into the state. If you are caught the skunk could be euthanized. No pet permits will be issued.See WVDNR Press Release from 2007.|
|For information on captive wildlife licenses, contact: (Permit fee is required.)|
|Customer service representative||Jennifer McDonough||(608) 267-0859|
|For information on captive wildlife regulations, contact:|
|Captive wildlife administrative warden||Pete Dunn||(608) 245-2318|
Statutes Chapter 169 and Wisconsin
Dept. of Natural Resurces Chapter NR 16
Basically the laws in Wisconsin requires any person that wants to possess, propagate, purchase or sell skunks to hold a Class A or Class B captive wild animal farm license, a nonprofit educational exhibitors license or a nonresident temporary exhibitors license. There are some exceptions for Zoo's and circuses. In addition, a skunk possessed by a nonresident under the legal authority of another state, province, or country may be possessed in this state by the nonresident for not more than 60 days from the date the wild animal enters the state if all of the following apply:
(a) The nonresident ensures that a veterinarian files a copy of a valid certificate of veterinary inspection for the wild animal with the department of agriculture, trade and consumer protection.
(b) The nonresident holds every license or other approval that is required by the other state, province, or country.
Skunks may not be descented by or for any person in Wisconsin unless that person holds a Class A or B captive wild animal farm license.
When skunks are held under the authority of an appropriate Wisconsin license, they are required to be kept in cages or enclosures that meet the pen and humane care and treatment requirements found in Wisconsin's Administrative Code section NR 16.10.
For buying outside the state and importing skunks, the first step would be to contact Melinda Young with the Department of Agriculture, Trade, & Consumer Protection (DATCP).
They are the agency that regulates importation and the criteria necessary to bring an animal into Wisconsin.
If a captive wild animal is imported into Wisconsin from a legal source in another state, an animal import permit is required from DATCP prior to the animal entering Wisconsin.
Information and DATCP contact below:
YOUNG, MELINDA S (608) 224-4874
People can have pet skunks in WI as long as they have a Captive wild animal farm license (CWAFL).
People with a CWAFL can obtain them from a captive source that also has a CWAFL.
When applying for the import permit you must include the health certificate made out from the vet of the state you are obtaining your skunk.
The skunk needs a health check prior applying for the permit. The health certificate is good for 30 days from date of issue. You do not need the orginal when applying for your permit, all you need is the seller to e-mail or fax a copy to you.
Then you may e-mail or fax when applying for the permit. The orginal must accompany the skunk when transporting.
|No permit required.
Skunks are consistered Predatory Animals, Law 23-1-101
|Washington, D.C.||Illegal||(202)671-5000 Health Department|
|You may find the District of Columbia Animal Control statutes and regulations at http://dccode.westgroup.com. Then Click on Division 1 Government, and then click on Environmental & Animal Control Protection.|
|American Samoa||Illegal||(684)633-4456 Fax: (684)633-5590
Health Department: (684)633-4606 Fax: (684)633-5379
|Guam||Illegal||(671)734-3942/-3943 Fax: (671)734-6569
Department of Agriculture Permits (671)734-3965
|Office of Insular Affairs Department of the Interior (670)234-8861, Fax: (670)234-8814|
|(787) or (939)|
|U.S. Virgin Islands||Illegal||(340)775-6762, Fax: (340)775-3972|
Canadian residents, and skunk owners wishing to move to Canada, should refer to Canadian Food Inspection Agency - Animal Division, provincial, and municipal, requirements for importation and possession of pet skunks.
[ED: We are currently working to update this information 12 Nov 05]
Information provided by Danna and David Lingo.
|Refer to Wildlife
Regulation Section 135
Possession of non-licence animals 135(1) Subject to subsection (2), a person may possess any live non-licence animal except a raccoon, a skunk or a bat of a kind that is a wildlife animal. (2) A person may possess a live raccoon, skunk or bat referred to in subsection (1) temporarily for the purpose of capturing it and relocating it from that person’s property.
|New Brunswick||Illegal||(506) 453-2207|
|Refer to Fish and Wildlife Act|
|Newfoundland||Legal||(709) 637-2382 - Jonathan Sharpe|
|Legal with permit from Minister.
Wildlife Regulations Sections 82, 83, 84, 85 and Schedule B. Schedual B does not include skunks, they are not native wildlife. They are not native or present in Newfoundland and as such a permit may be difficult to obtain.
|Nova Scotia||Legal||(902) 679-6139, Fax: (902) 679-6176|
|Refer to Department of Natural Resources Import Permits.|
|Refer to Ontario Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act Section 40 (1) 2002.|
|Prince Edward Island||Illegal||(902)368-4666|
|Refer to W-13.1 Reg 1 - Wildlife Regulations.|
|Yukon||Illegal||(867)667-8054 Kris Gustafson|
|Please call for information. Existing pets and long-term wildlife/exotic pet owners may be given special consideration, but you must call before importing the animal(s).|
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