(1) It is unlawful to obtain wild animals for a roadside menagerie, wild animal menagerie, or zoo by capture from the wild or by purchase except as authorized by the department in accordance with the terms of a permit.
(2) Application for a capture permit may be made only by a zoo and must be made to the director on a form prescribed by the director. After investigation by the department, the director may issue a capture permit without charge if the director finds:
(a) that all provisions of this part and of the department regulations are complied with by the applicant; and
(b) that the number and species of wildlife desired is not excessive under the circumstances.
(3) If wild animals are to be obtained by capture for use in zoos, the permit must designate the number and the means of capture, but ownership of the wild animals captured shall remain in the state of Montana.
(4) Roadside menageries, wild animal menageries, and zoos may obtain captive-bred wild animals from a licensed zoo, menagerie, alternative livestock ranch, fur farm, game bird farm, or animal rehabilitation center.
(5) Wild animals may be bought, sold, or transferred under regulations that the department prescribes.
(6) The number of wild animals in a wild animal menagerie may not exceed 10.
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