Wisconsin Statutes Police Regulations (Ch. 163 to 177) § 169.10. Sale and purchase of live wild animals

(1) Sale.  Except as authorized under a captive wild animal farm license, a bird hunting preserve license, a wild fur farm license, or a nonprofit educational exhibiting license or under s. 29.319 , no person may sell or offer to sell any of the following:

(a) Any live native wild animal that is not exempt under s. 169.04(4)(a) .

(b) Any live nonnative wild animal that is not exempt under s. 169.04(4)(b) .

(2) Purchase.  (a) Except as provided under par. (b) and except as authorized under a captive wild animal farm license, a bird hunting preserve license, a bird dog training license, a hound dog training license, a dog club training license, a bird dog trial license, a hound dog trial license, a nonprofit educational exhibiting license, or a stocking license or under s. 29.319 , no person may purchase or offer to purchase any of the following:

1. Any live native wild animal that is not exempt under s. 169.04(4)(a) .

2. Any live nonnative wild animal that is not exempt under s. 169.04(4)(b) .

(b) A nonresident who purchases a live wild animal is exempt from holding a license under this chapter to possess the wild animal if the nonresident possesses the wild animal in this state for not more than 10 days after the date of purchase.

(4) Exemption for certain institutions.  Each of the following is exempt from the requirements under subs. (1) and (2):

(a) A public zoo or aquarium.

(b) A circus or the Circus World Museum located in Baraboo, Wisconsin.

(c) The department.

(d) A person who is licensed under s. 95.68 or 95.69 .

(5) Inapplicability to certain wild animals.  (a) This section does not authorize the selling or purchasing of harmful wild animals.

(b) The selling and purchasing of native wild reptiles and native wild amphibians is subject to s. 169.12 and not to this section.


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