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    Default Breeding/Ranching Exotics in CA?

    I'm curious, is there anything (like say a law) that would prevent a person from buying a ranch in CA and stocking it with various exotic animals like they do in Texas (blackbuck, mouflon, oryx, lechwe, etc.)? Make a private hunting ranch essentially.

    Thanks for the input.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JustAl View Post
    I'm curious, is there anything (like say a law) that would prevent a person from buying a ranch in CA and stocking it with various exotic animals like they do in Texas (blackbuck, mouflon, oryx, lechwe, etc.)? Make a private hunting ranch essentially.

    Thanks for the input.
    Dont know where to find the regulation. but i know a ranch in monteray next to FHL that stock and breed exotic.

    call DFG.

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    there are a few place in ca that already do it.just have to follow the dfg guide lines.

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    I've seen the ranches that have corsican sheep, goats, and buffalo on them here in CA. I'm more interest in the super exotics (like the African animals, Transcaspian urial, Nubian ibex, etc.).

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    I am not the expert in this field but it depends upon the species. Some are going to be fully restricted because of disease concerns, etc and some will be allowed because they are considered domestic type animals. Just my quick thoughts.


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    Quote Originally Posted by DFGELK View Post
    I am not the expert in this field but it depends upon the species. Some are going to be fully restricted because of disease concerns, etc and some will be allowed because they are considered domestic type animals. Just my quick thoughts.

    I unfortunately have to deal with this topic quite a bit- Joe is correct and here is the list of restricted species per regulation. Eric

    <center>BARCLAYS OFFICIAL CALIFORNIA CODE OF REGULATIONS</center> <center>TITLE 14. NATURAL RESOURCES</center> <center>DIVISION 1. FISH AND GAME COMMISSION-DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND GAME</center> <center>SUBDIVISION 3. GENERAL REGULATIONS</center> <center>CHAPTER 3. MISCELLANEOUS</center> This database is current through 4/23/10 Register 2010, No. 17
    671. Importation, Transportation and Possession of Live Restricted Animals.

    (a) It shall be unlawful to import, transport, or possess alive animals restricted in subsection (c) below except under permit issued by the Department of Fish and Game. Permits may be issued by the department as specified herein and for purposes designated in Section 671.1 subject to the conditions and restrictions designated by the department. Except for mammals listed in Fish and Game Code Section 3950 or live aquatic animals requiring a permit pursuant to Fish and Game Code Section 2271, no permit is required by this section for any animal being imported, transported, or possessed pursuant to any other permit issued by the department. Cities and counties may also prohibit possession or require a permit for these and other species not requiring a state permit.

    (b) The commission has determined the below listed animals are not normally domesticated in this state. Mammals listed to prevent the depletion of wild populations and to provide for animal welfare are termed "welfare animals", and are designated by the letter "W". Those species listed because they pose a threat to native wildlife, the agriculture interests of the state or to public health or safety are termed "detrimental animals" and are designated by the letter "D". The department shall include the list of welfare and detrimental wild animals as part of DFG MANUAL NO. 671 (2/25/92) IMPORTATION, TRANSPORTATION AND POSSESSION OF RESTRICTED SPECIES, to be made available to all permittees and other interested individuals.

    (c) Restricted species include:

    (1) Class Aves -Birds

    (A) Family Alaudidae -Larks

    Alauda arvensis (Skylark) (D).

    (B) Family Cuculidae -Cuckoos

    All species (D).

    (C) Family Corvidae -Crows, Ravens, Rooks, Jackdaws

    All species (D).

    (D) Family Turdidae -Thrushes, Blackbirds, Fieldfare

    1. Turdus merula (European blackbird) (D).

    2. Turdus viscivorus (Missel thrush) (D).

    3. Turdus pilaris (Fieldfare) (D).

    4. Turdus musicus (Song thrush) (D).

    (E) Family Sturnidae -Starlings, Mynahs

    All species (D), except Sturnus vulgaris (Starling), Gracula religiosaor Eulabes religiosa (Hill mynahs), and Leucopsar rothschildi (Rothchild's mynah) are not restricted.

    (F) Family Ploceidae -Sparrows, Weavers, Queleas

    1. Genus Passer (Sparrow)

    All species (D), except Passer domesticus (English house sparrow) is not restricted.

    2. Foudia madagascariensis (Madagascar weaver) (D).

    3. Ploceus baya (Baya weaver) (D).

    4. Genus Quelea (Queleas) -All species (D).

    (G) Family Estrildidae -Waxbills, Munias, Ricebirds

    1. Padda oryzivora (Java sparrow) (D).

    (H) Family Emberizidae -Yellowhammer

    Emberiza citrinella (Yellowhammer) (D).

    (I) Order Falconiformes -Falcons, Eagles, Hawks, Vultures

    All species (D)

    (J) Order Strigiformes -Owls

    All species (D)

    (K) Family Pyconotidae -Bulbuls or Fruit Thrushes

    Pycnonotus jocosus (Red-whiskered bulbul) (D).

    (L) Family Zosteropidae -Whiteeyes

    Genus Zosterops (Whiteeyes) -All species (D).

    (M) Family Psittacidae -Parrots, Parakeets

    Myiopsitta monachus (Monk or Quaker parakeet) (D).

    (N) Family Anatidae (ducks, geese, and swans)

    1. Cygnus olor (Mute Swan) (D)

    (2) Class Mammalia -Mammals

    (A) Order Primates -Monkeys, Apes

    All species (W), except Family Hominidae -not restricted.

    (B) Order Edendata -Sloths, Anteaters, Armadillos, etc.

    All species:

    1. Family Dasypodidae -Armadillos -All Species (D).

    2. Family Bradypodidae -Sloths -(W).

    3. Family Myrmecophagidae -Anteaters -(W).

    (C) Order Marsupialia -Marsupials or Pouched Animals

    All species (W).

    (D) Order Insectivora -Shrews, Moles, Hedgehogs, etc.

    All species (D).

    (E) Order Dermoptera -Gliding Lemurs

    All species (D).

    (F) Order Chiroptera -Bats

    All species (D).

    (G) Order Monotremata -Spiny Anteaters, Platypuses

    All Species (W).

    (H) Order Pholidota -Pangolins or Scaly Anteaters

    All species (W).

    (I) Order Lagomorpha -Pikas, Rabbits, and Hares

    All species, (D), except domesticated races of rabbits and hares of the Family Leporidae -not restricted.

    (J) Order Rodentia -Hamsters, Field Mice, Voles, Muskrats, Gerbils, Squirrels, Chipmunks, Woodchucks, and Prairie Dogs

    1. All species (D), except:

    a. Ondatra zibethica(Muskrats) -Not restricted under conditions set forth in Fish and Game Code Section 2250;

    b. Domesticated races of golden hamsters of the species Mesocricetus auratusand domesticated races of dwarf hamsters of the Genus Phodopusnot restricted;

    c. Domesticated races of rats or mice (white or albino; trained, dancing or spinning, laboratory-reared) not restricted;

    d. Domesticated races of guinea pigs of the species Cavia porcellusnot restricted; and

    e. Domesticated races of chinchillas of the species Chinchilla lanigernot restricted.

    (K) Order Carnivora -Raccoons, Ringtailed Cats, Kinkajous, Coatis, Cacomistles, Weasels, Ferrets, Skunks, Polecats, Stoats, Mongoose, Civets, Wolves, Foxes, Coyotes, Lions, Tigers, Ocelots, Bobcats, Servals, Leopards, Jaguars, Cheetahs, Bears, etc.

    1. Family Felidae -All species (W) except:

    a. Acinonyx jubatus (cheetahs) -(D).

    b. Domestic cats and hybrids of domestic cats are not restricted.

    2. Family Canidae -All species (W).

    a. Wolf hybrids Canis familiaris(domestic dog) x Canis lupus(wolf).

    i. Any F1 (first) generation wolf hybrid whelped on or before February 4, 1988 may be possessed under permit from the department.

    ii. No state permit is required to possess the progeny of F1 generation wolf hybrids, but cities and counties may prohibit possession or require a permit.

    b. Domesticated dogs are not restricted.

    3. Family Viverridae -All species (D).

    4. Family Procyonidae -All species -(D), except:

    a. Ailuris fulgens (Lesser Panda) -(W).

    b. Aiuropoda melanoleuca (Giant panda) -(W).

    c. Bassariscus astutus (Ringtail or Ringtailed cat) -(W).

    d. Jentinkia sumichrasti (Mexican and Central American Cacomistle) -(W).

    5. Family Mustelidae -All species (D), except:.

    a. Ambloynx cinerea (Oriental small-clawed otter) -(W).

    b. Aonyx capensis (African clawless otter) -(W).

    c. Pteronura brasiliensis (Giant otter) -(W).

    d. All species of Genus Lutra (River otters) -(W).

    6. All others -(W).

    (L) Order Tubulidentata -Aardvarks

    All species -(W).

    (M) Order Proboscidae -Elephants

    All species -(W).

    (N) Order Hyracoidae -Hyraxes

    All species -(W).

    (O) Order Sirenia -Dugongs, Manatees

    All species -(W).

    (P) Order Perissodactyla -Horses, Zebras, Tapirs, Rhinoceroses, etc.

    All species (W), except Family Equidae is not restricted.

    (Q) Order Artiodactyla -Swine, Peccaries, Camels, Deer, Elk, Moose, Antelopes, Cattle, Goats, Sheep, etc.

    All species (D) except:

    1. Bos taurusand Bos indicus (Domestic cattle); Bos grunniens (Yak); Bubalus bulalis (Asian water buffalo); Ovis aries (Domestic sheep); Capra hircus (Domestic goat); Sus scrofa domestica (Domestic swine); Llama glama (Llama); Llama pacos (Alpaca); Llama guanicoe (Guanaco); Hybrids of llama, alpaca and guanacos; Camelus bactrianusand Camelus dromedarius (Camels); and Bison bison (American bison), are not restricted.

    2. Permits may be issued for species of Elk (Genus Cervus) which are already maintained within California; and

    3. Permits may be issued pursuant to Section 676, Title 14, CCR, for importing, breeding, slaughter and sale of the meat and other parts of fallow deer (Dama dama) for commercial purposes.

    (3) Class Amphibia -Frogs, Toads, Salamanders

    (A) Family Bufonidae -Toads

    Bufo marinus, Bufo paracnemis, Bufo horribilis (Giant toad or marine toad group) and all other large toads from Mexico and Central and South America-(D).

    (B) Family Pipidae -Tongueless Toads

    All species of the Genus Xenopus-(D).

    (C) Family Ambystomatidae-Mole Salamanders

    All species of the genus Ambystoma (tiger salamanders)-D

    (D) Family Leptodactylidae -Neotropical Frogs

    Eleutherodactylus coqui -Commom Coqui or Coqui frog (D).

    (4) Class Agnatha -Jawless Fishes

    (A) Family Petromyzontidae -Lampreys

    All nonnative species (D).

    (5) Class Osteichthyes -Bony Fishes

    (A) Family Percichthyidae -Temperate Basses

    1. Morone americana (White perch) (D).

    2. Morone chrysops (White bass) (D).

    (B) Family Clupeidae -Herrings

    Dorosoma cepedianum (Gizzard shad) (D).

    (C) Family Sciaenidae -Drums

    Aplodinotus grunniens (freshwater drum) (D).

    (D) Family Characidae -Characins

    1. Astyanax fasciatus (Banded tetra) (D).

    2. All species of the genera Serrasalmus, Serrasalmo, Pygocentrus, Taddyella, Rooseveltiella, and Pygopristis (Piranhas) (D).

    3. Hoplias malabaricus (Tiger fish) (D).

    (E) Family Salmonidae -Trouts

    Salmo salar (Atlantic salmon) -Restricted in the Smith River watershed (D).

    (F) Family Lepisosteidae -Gars

    All species (D).

    (G) Family Amiidae -Bowfins

    All species (D).

    (H) Family Poeciliidae -Livebearers

    Belonesox belizanus (Pike killifish) (D).

    (I) Family Channidae -Snakeheads

    All species (D).

    (J) Family Cyprinidae -Carps and Minnows

    1. Leuciscus idus (ide)(D).

    2. Ctenopharyngodon idellus (Grass carp) (D), except that permits may be issued to a person, organization or agency for possession of triploid grass carp, under conditions set forth in Section 238.6.

    3. Hypophthalmichthys molitrix (Silver carp) (D).

    4. Aristichthys nobilis (Bighead carp) (D).

    5. Hypophthalmichthys harmandi (Largescale Silver carp) (D).

    6. Mylopharyngodon piceus (Black carp) (D).

    (K) Family Trichomycteridae (Pygidiidae) -Parasitic Catfishes.

    All species (D).

    (L) Family Cetopsidae -Whalelike Catfishes.

    All species (D).

    (M) Family Clariidae -Labyrinth Catfishes

    All species of the genera Clarias, Dinotopterus, and Heterobranchus(D).

    (N) Family Heteropneustidae (Saccobranchidae) -Airsac Catfishes

    All species (D).

    (O) Family Cichlidae -Cichlids

    1. Tilapia sparrmani (Banded Tilapia) (D).

    2. Tilapia zilli (Redbelly tilapia) (D), except permits may be issued to a person or agency for importation, transportation, or possession in the counties of San Bernardino, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Diego, and Imperial.

    3. Tilapia aurea (Blue tilapia) (D).

    4. Tilapia nilotica (Nile tilapia) (D).

    (P) Family Anguillidae -Freshwater Eels.

    All species of genus Anguilla(D).

    (Q) Family Esocidae -Pikes all species (D).

    (R) Family Percidae -Perches

    1. Perca flavescens (Yellow perch) (D).

    2. Stizostedion vitreum (Walleye) (D).

    (S) Family Catostomidae -Suckers

    All members of the genus Ictiobus (Buffalos) (D).

    (T) Family Cyprinodontidae-Killifishes

    Cyprinodon variegatus (Sheepshead minnow) (D).

    (U) Family Latidea -Lates perches

    Lates calcarifer (Barramundi also know as Barramundi perch or Silver barramundi) (D).

    (6) Class Elasmobranchiomorphi -Cartilaginous Fishes

    (A) Family Carcharhinidae -Requiem Sharks

    All species of genus Carcharhinus (Freshwater sharks) (D).

    (B) Family Potamotrygonidae -River stingrays

    All species (D).

    (7) Class Reptilia -Reptiles

    (A) Order Crocodilia -Crocodiles, Caimans, Alligators and Gavials

    All species (D).

    (B) Family Chelyridae -Snapping Turtles

    All species (D).

    (C) Family Elapidae -Cobras, Coral Snakes, Mambas, Kraits, etc.

    All species (D).

    (D) Family Viperidae -Adders and Vipers

    All species (D).

    (E) Family Crotalidae -Pit Vipers

    All species (D), except Crotalus viridis (Western rattlesnake), Crotalus atrox (Western diamondback rattlesnake), Crotalus ruber (red diamondback rattlesnake), Crotalus scutulatus (Mojave rattlesnake), Crotalus mitchelli (speckled rattlesnake) and Crotalus cerastes (Sidewinder) not restricted.

    (F) Family Colubridae -Colubrids

    1. Dispholidus typus (Boomslang) (D).

    2. Theoltornis kitlandii (Bird or vine snake) (D).

    3. All species of genus Nerodia (watersnakes) (D).

    (G) Family Helodermatidae

    1. Heloderma suspectum suspectum (reticulate Gila monster) (D).

    (8) Class Crustacea -Crustaceans

    (A) All species of Family Cambaridae -Crayfish, etc. (D), except Procambarus clarkiiand Orconectes virilisnot restricted.

    (B) All species of genus Eriocheir(D).

    (9) Class Gastropoda -Slugs, Snails

    (A) Potamopyrgus antipodarum (New Zealand mudsnail)

    (B) All nonnative species of slugs and land snails (D), except:

    1. Rumina decollata (decollate snail) in the counties of San Bernardino, Riverside, Imperial, Orange, San Diego, Los Angeles, Ventura, Kern, Fresno, Madera, Tulare and Santa Barbara not restricted with the concurrence of the appropriate county agricultural commissioners.

    2. Helix aspersa (brown garden snail) not prohibited.

    (C) Pomacea canaliculata (Channel Apple Snail) (D).

    (D) All species of genus Haliotis (Abalone) (D), except Haliotis rufescens (Red abalone), Haliotis sorenseni (White abalone), Haliotis corrugate (Pink abalone), Haliotis fulgens (Green abalone), Haliotis cracherodii (Black abalone), Haliotis kamtschatkana (Pinto abalone), Haliotis walallensis (Flat abalone) and Haliotis assimilis (Threaded abalone) are not restricted. 1. Note: Unpermitted nonnative abalone are determined to be detrimental to native populations, therefore the exemptions provided in Fish and Game Code subsection 2271(b) and subsection 236(b), Title 14, CCR, are not applicable.

    (10) Class Bivalvia-Bivalves

    All members of the genus Dreissena (zebra mussels) -(D).

    (11) Transgenic Aquatic Animals.

    Includes freshwater and marine fishes, invertebrates, crustaceans, mollusks, amphibians, and reptiles (D). Note:Unpermitted transgenic aquatic animals are determined to be detrimental to native wildlife, therefore the exemption provided for in Fish and Game Code Section 2150(e) is not applicable.

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    There you have it. The word from the man.

    Thank you Dr. Loft.

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