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Contact information
For general information on captive wildlife, contact:
Amanda Kamps
Wildlife biologist
715-359-5508
For information on captive wildlife licenses, contact:
Jennifer McDonough
Customer service representative
608-267-0859
For information on captive wildlife regulations, contact:
Pete Dunn
Captive wildlife administrative warden
608-245-2318

Captive wildlife regulations and licenses

In 2003, Wisconsin Act 56 established new standards and licenses for possession of captive wildlife in Wisconsin. In January 2003, State stat. CH 169 [PDF] came into effect and Administrative Code s. NR 16 [PDF] became effective in November 2003 to further explain the purpose of and associated standard conditions for each captive wildlife license. All captive wildlife licenses are subject to:

If a captive wild animal is imported into Wisconsin from a legal source in another state, an animal import permit [exit DNR] is required from the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection prior to the animal entering Wisconsin.

Wildlife farms and exhibits

In order to possess a migratory bird under a captive wild animal farm license or a nonprofit educational exhibit license, a Federal Migratory Bird Special Purpose Possession - Education (live) Permit [exit DNR] is also required from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.

If you plan on exhibiting captive wild animals to the public you may also need a United States Department of Agriculture Class C Exhibit License [exit DNR].

Wild fur farm

Deer farm

In order to possess captive white-tailed deer in Wisconsin, it is required to have a valid fencing certificate from the DNR. This fencing certificate is only required for farmers who wish to raise white-tailed deer. Nonwhite-tailed deer are not regulated by the DNR but all captive farm-raised deer keepers are required to be licensed and registered by the Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection [exit DNR].

Wild animal hunting or hound dog training/trialing

Last revised: Friday December 27 2013