Full Title Name:  Alaska Administrative Code. Title 5. Fish and Game. Part 3. Game. Chapter 92. Statewide Provisions. Article 3. Permits. 5 AAC 92.030. Possession of wolf and wild cat hybrids prohibited.

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Country of Origin:  United States Citation:  5 AAC 92.030 Agency Origin:  Fish and Game Last Checked:  September, 2017 Date Adopted:  2002 Last Date Amended:  2010
Summary: This Alaska regulation makes it unlawful to possess, sell, purchase, or transfer a wolf or wild cat hybrid without a permit. It is an affirmative defense to prosecution that the person possessed the animal as a pet before July 23, 2002 in the case of a wolf-dog hybrid and followed other listed actions. A wild cat hybrid is defined as the mating of a domestic cat with a wild cat or hybrid that is of four generations or less wild cat. It is an affirmative defense to illegal possession of a wild cat hybrid when the owner shows proof of the pedigree showing the previous four generations or the animal is at least four generations removed from a wild ancestor.

(a) It is unlawful, without a permit issued by the department, for a person to possess, transport, sell, advertise or otherwise offer for sale, purchase, or offer to purchase a live wolf or wolf hybrid.

(b) It is an affirmative defense to a prosecution for illegal possession of a wolf hybrid under this section that

(1) the person possessed the wolf hybrid as a pet before January 23, 2002;

(2) by July 1, 2002, the wolf hybrid was

(A) registered with a national registry, approved by the department, by the implantation of a microchip; and

(B) properly spayed or neutered;

(3) the owner of the wolf hybrid has current and accurate licensing, vaccination, including rabies vaccination, and spay/neuter records, and has made the records available for inspection by animal control officers and other enforcement officers;

(4) on or after January 23, 2002, the wolf hybrid has not been transferred to any person, other than an immediate family member of the person who owned the wolf hybrid on January 23, 2002; and

(5) if the wolf hybrid has bitten a person, the wolf hybrid is immediately surrendered to the local authorities for any action determined appropriate by the authorities.

(c) It is unlawful, without a permit issued by the department, for a person to possess, transport, sell, advertise or otherwise offer for sale, purchase, or offer to purchase a wild cat hybrid.

(d) It is an affirmative defense to a prosecution for illegal possession of a wild cat hybrid, but not a prosecution for illegal sale, or advertising or otherwise offering for sale under this section, that

(1) the animal is licensed as required in the jurisdiction of residence, has a registered pedigree showing the previous four generations, and these records are available for inspection by animal control officers and other government or regulatory officials; and

(2) the animal is at least four generations removed from a wild ancestor.

(e) For purposes of this section,

(1) “immediate family member” has the meaning given in AS 39.52.960;

(2) “wild cat hybrid” includes

(A) the offspring from a mating of a domestic cat ( Felis calus) or wild cat hybrid with any species of wild cat or hybrid of a wild cat and domestic cat in the previous four generations; and

(B) an animal represented to be a wild cat hybrid by any name or description;

(3) “wolf hybrid” includes

(A) the offspring from a mating of a wolf or wolf hybrid with a dog or another wolf hybrid; and

(B) an animal represented to be a wolf or part wolf by any name or description.

Credits

(Eff. 3/30/2002, Register 161; am 7/1/2010, Register 194)

AUTHORITY: AS 16.05.255, AS 16.05.270, AS 16.05.340, AS 16.05.920, AS 16.05.930

 

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