Hedgehogs are considered illegal by default in the state of CA simply because they are not on the list of legal animals in this state.
There isn’t really a reason for hedgehogs to be illegal in California.
Hedgehogs are already legal in numerous states and should be legal pets in California too.
Can you get a permit to own a hedgehog in California?
There are at least 17 known species of hedgehogs. All species are restricted from possession as pets in California primarily because they can become pests where introduced into the wild where they don’t naturally occur. Permits are not issued to import or possess any wild animal for pet purposes.
What is the penalty for owning a hedgehog in California?
A civil fine of $500 – $10,000, plus the costs of the animal’s removal, storage and care, and/or. Criminal prosecution for a misdemeanor, punishable by up to 6 months in county jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000.
What states is it legal to own a hedgehog?
It’s legal to own a hedgehog in most states around the United States. However, there are a few places where it’s still illegal – Pennsylvania, Hawaii, California, Georgia, Arizona, and Maine. Although, you may be able to own one with a permit in these states.
Are wolfdogs legal in California?
a. Wolf hybrids ( Canis familiaris (domestic dog) x Canis lupus (wolf)). (ii) No state permit is required to possess the progeny of F1 generation wolf hybrids, but cities and counties may prohibit possession or require a permit.
Can you own a bushbaby in California?
You may own a fennec fox, hyacinth macaw, or bearded dragon in California but you must get a license first. California has some of the toughest restrictions on what types of pets you can have. If you are caught with a banned pet the state will take away the pet and fine you heavily.
Do you have to have a license to breed hedgehogs?
USDA Licensure For Breeding Hedgehogs. In the US, breeding of hedgehogs is regulated by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) division of the USDA, under the 1998 Pocket Pets law. If you have three or more females and you breed, you must be USDA licensed.
Why is it illegal to own a hedgehog?
It is illegal to own a hedgehog as a pet in some US states and some Canadian municipalities, and a license is needed to legally breed them. These restrictions may have been enacted due to the ability of some hedgehog species to carry foot and mouth disease, a highly contagious disease of cloven-hooved animals.
Are foxes legal in California?
I believe it is also illegal to own a fennec fox in CA too. It is not legal to own or keep any animal classed as wild life in the state of California. One of the more controversial ones are ferrets. A lot of people have them but they are not legal.
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