Currently in the United States, ferrets are only illegal in California and Hawaii.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife said on its website that animals like ferrets that are legal pets elsewhere are illegal in the state “to protect public health and safety, agriculture, wildlife, and natural resources.”4 Apr 2018
What is the penalty for owning a ferret in California?
For California residents 21 and over, weed is finally legal. But try having a ferret as a pet, and you could be charged with a misdemeanor, up to six months in jail or $1,000 in fines.2 Apr 2018
Why is it illegal to have a ferret in California?
It’s about protecting native species. The concern is that if ferrets were legal people would breed and sell them in California, some might get loose, and they might compete with native species resulting in extinction of native species. Ferrets are illegal to own as pets in both California and Hawaii.
Does Petco sell ferrets in California?
Even so, Californians who really want ferrets have little trouble finding them, because they are sold as pets in other states. The Petco chain offers ferret food and supplies in California despite the ban, though it does not sell the animals themselves.17 Aug 2015
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