Which States Are You Allowed To Own A Lion?

List them all. I'm not buying anything, basically wondering.
Answers: It is almost impossible to find a list of the states allowing the private ownership of lions and other big cats. This quote is from a July 2007 article:
"Only around ten states now allow big cats as pets short a permit. Lawmakers passed bills supported by The HSUS to prohibit big cats as pets surrounded by Iowa and Washington this year, and in Kansas and Maryland surrounded by 2006. Legislation is currently under consideration within North Carolina to ban the animals as pets and surrounded by Ohio to require a permit." http://www.hsus.org/press_and_publicatio...

It also states on that website: "An estimated 10,000 to 15,000 big cats are kept within private hands surrounded by the United States, including 5,000 tigers -- more than remain in the uncultivated in India."


Edit - This info is from the allexperts website, but I can not attest to its correctness:
"The following states do not own requirements for people to hold lions: Alabama, Iowa, Minnesota (but you can't release the lion into the wild), Nevada, Ohio (but you can't bring a lion into Ohio without a area monopoly and other documentation), South Carolina, Washington (if the lion enters the state, it requires a vigour certificate), West Virginia, Wisconsin

The following states do not allow private individuals to keep lions: Alaska, California (unless lion be owned before January 1992),Colorado (unless for commercial purposes), Connecticut (unless lion be owned before 23 May 1983), Florida (unless lion be owned before 1 August 1980), Georgia (unless for mart or exhibition, when a licence will be required), Hawaii, Illinois (unless in a solid or educational institution, zoo or similar), Maryland, Massachusetts (unless lion be owned before 30 June 1995), Michigan (unless lion be owned before 7 July 2000), Nebraska (unless lion be owned before 1 parade 1986), New Hampshire (unless you are an exhibitor), New Jersey (unless you have proved multiple criteria as a zoo or exhibitor), New Mexico, tennessee (unless you owned the lion before 25 June 1991), Utah (there are exceptional exceptions where populace can obtain certificate of registration from the Wildlife Board), Vermont (unless for exhibition and education purposes), Virginia (unless you are a licensed exhibitor), Wyoming

The following states require society to have permit to possess lions: Arizona, Delaware, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri (you must register with the local decree enforcement agency in the country where on earth the lion is kept), Montana, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Texas"

The following states do not mention lions specifically but have law about dodgy animals: Arkansas, North Carolina
Sorry, But no states would allow you to own a lion, They can wake up any year and there predator instincts could see in and consequently you would be nothing but a nice little toy to bat around and chomp through.

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