In 2012, Ohio passed a law regulating the possession of dangerous wild animals and restricted snakes. This law generally prohibits any person from owning, trading, selling or offering for sale a dangerous wild animal unless the animal was owned prior to the law taking effect, and a permit has been issued by the Ohio Department of Agriculture. Enforcement conducts approximately 24 investigations each year on behalf of the Dangerous Wild Animal program on those individuals who are in illegal possession of animals that have been identified as dangerous to the public. Enforcement agents work closely with local law enforcement who routinely encounter these animals at private residences including alligators, venomous and constrictor snakes, serval cats, and bears. Most of the cases in Ohio involve alligators and restricted snakes. Visit ODA’s Dangerous Wild Animal Program for more information.
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