Full Statute Name:  Baldwin's Kentucky Revised Statutes Annotated. Title IX. Counties, Cities, and Other Local Units. Chapter 65. General Provisions Applicable to Counties, Cities, and Other Local Units. Ordinances and Regulations. 65.877 Local governments' authority to regulate holding of inherently dangerous wildlife; list of inherently dangerous wildlife

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Primary Citation:  KRS § 65.877 Country of Origin:  United States Last Checked:  November, 2023 Alternate Citation:  KY ST § 65.877 Date Adopted:  1998 Historical: 
Summary: This Kentucky statue authorizes counties and cities to regulate or prohibit the holding of inherently dangerous wildlife. For example, the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources has identified some of the following animals as being dangerous: African buffalo, Hippopotamus, Hyenas, Old world badger, Lions, jaguars, leopards, or tigers, Clouded leopard, Cheetah, Elephants, Rhinoceroses, Gorillas, Baboons, drills, or mandrills, Crocodiles, Alligators or caimans, certain snakes, Gila monsters or beaded lizards, Komodo dragon, Wolverine, Bears, Wolf, mountain lion.

(1) A county, city, urban-county, or charter county government may regulate or prohibit the holding of wildlife that have been identified by the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources as inherently dangerous to human health and safety.

(2) The department has declared the following species of wildlife to be inherently dangerous to human health and safety and shall establish procedures for denying or issuing a transportation permit for said wildlife:

(a) African buffalo (Syncerus caffer);

(b) Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius);

(c) Hyenas (family Hyaenidae), all species except aardwolves (Proteles cristatus);

(d) Old world badger (Meles meles);

(e) Lions, jaguars, leopards, or tigers (genus Panthera);

(f) Clouded leopard (Neofelis nebulosa);

(g) Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus);

(h) Elephants (family Elephantidae);

(i) Rhinoceroses (family Rhinocerotidae);

(j) Gorillas (family Pongidae);

(k) Baboons, drills, or mandrills (genus Papio);

(l) Gelada baboon (Theropithecus gelada);

(m) Gavials (family Gavialidae);

(n) Crocodiles (family Crocodylidae);

(o) Alligators or caimans (family Alligatoridae);

(p) Sea snakes (family Hydrophidae);

(q) Cobras or coral snakes (family Elapidae);

(r) Adders or vipers (family Viperae);

(s) Venomous rear-fanged species (family Colubridae);

(t) Gila monsters or beaded lizards (family Helodermatidae);

(u) Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis);

(v) Wolverine (Gulo gulo);

(w) Bears (family Ursidae);

(x) Wolf or wolf hybrids of over twenty-five percent (25%) wolf; or

(y) Cougar or mountain lion (Felis concolor).


HISTORY: 1998 c 512, § 3, eff. 7-15-98


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