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Pet Fox Legal States 2021

Arkansas – All Fox Species Allowed, No Permit Required

Arkansas is among the pet fox legal states and allows all species of foxes, but the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission offers some restrictions on imported foxes. Arkansas residents can even catch a wild fox and keep it as a pet. Red and grey imported foxes are not permitted.

Florida – All Fox Species Allowed With Permit

All species of foxes are allowed in Florida, however the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission requires a Class 3 Wildlife license for foxes. It is an easy license to get, and is reputed to make fox ownership in Florida very popular.

Indiana – All Fox Species Allowed With Permit

Indiana allows any kind of fox species with a permit. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources stipulates the foxes must be from the United States.

Kentucky – All Fox Species Allowed No Permit Required

Kentucky allows for any fox species to be domesticated, with no permit allowed. The only stipulation is that pet foxes in Kentucky must be from Kentucky.

Michigan – All Fox Species Allowed With Permit for Native Species

Of the pet fox legal states, Michigan has some more stringent regulations. Having a pet fox is referred to as Holding Game in Captivity according to PR1350. The animal must be bred and not wild, and there would be an inspection upon receipt of your permit application.

Missouri – Most Fox Species Allowed With Permit for Native Species

Missouri is among the pet fox legal states with some requirements. The Missouri Department of Conservation requires a wildlife permit for native species that are considered a Class 1 wildlife. That would include grey and red foxes. The fox must be obtained from within state and maintained outside with an enclosure.

Nebraska – Some Fox Species Allowed With Permit for Native Species

Nebraska has looser regulations as one of the pet fox legal states, requiring a Captive Wildlife Permit. Red and grey foxes are allowed and the animals must be bred.

New York – Fennec Foxes Allowed No Permit Required

Fennec Foxes are allowed in New York after fennec fox owners lobbied with legislators to allow them as exotic pets. Red foxes are not permitted as pets in New York.

North Carolina – Exotic Foxes Allowed Vet Certificate, No Permit Required

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission requires a vet certificate if you are bringing in a fox import. The fox itself requires the permit, it is not given to the owner. The laws on this are not clear however. There are still many fox owners in North Carolina that have not had many problems.

North Dakota – All Species Allowed With Permit Required for Native Species

In North Dakota, foxes are not natural livestock and require a non-traditional livestock permit. This requires an enclosure and other regulations from the North Dakota Game and Fish Department.

Ohio – All Species Allowed With Permit Required

Of the states that are pet fox legal states, Ohio offers the freedom to own a fox with a permit for any species. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife titles fox permits as a non-commercial propagating license.

Oklahoma – All Species but Fennec Foxes Allowed With Permit Required

The Oklahoma Administrative Code and Register offers a noncommercial wildlife breeder's license for foxes native to the United States. This applies to all species but the fennec fox.

South Dakota – All Species Allowed With Permit Required for All Species

South Dakota requires a permit for all species of foxes with a permit. If you are importing the fox, you will need an additional permit. In either case, enclosures will be required and inspected.

Utah – Red Fox Allowed, No Permit Required

In Utah, you can own a red fox without a permit. Any other fox species will require a permit.

Tennessee – All Species Allowed With Permit Required for Native Species

In Tennessee, native foxes that are red and grey foxes are allowed with a permit. The foxes must be purchased from a licensed facility.

Wyoming – Grey, Swift, and Red Foxes Allowed With Permit

Of the states that are pet fox legal states, Wyoming allows for foxes. Red foxes are the only class of foxes where a permit is not required.

Pet Fox Legal States 2021

State 2021 Pop.
Arkansas3,033,946
Florida21,944,577
Indiana6,805,663
Kentucky4,480,713
Michigan9,992,427
Missouri6,169,038
Nebraska1,951,996
New York19,299,981
North Carolina10,701,022
North Dakota770,026
Ohio11,714,618
Oklahoma3,990,443
South Dakota896,581
Tennessee6,944,260
Utah3,310,774
Wyoming581,075

Pet Fox Legal States 2021