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Animal Health, Feeds, and Livestock ID

​​​​​​​​​The Oregon Department of Agriculture regulates the ownership of the following classes of exotic animals in Oregon:
  • Non-human primates

  • Bears, except for the American Black Bear

  • Non-indigenous canines which are not domestic or domestic crosses

  • Non-indigenous felines which are not domestic or domestic crosses

  • ​Crocodilians 

Unless an animal was licensed by ODA prior to 2010, or the animal qualifies for an exemption under ORS 609.345 (see below), possession of any of these exotic animals is prohibited in Oregon.


Oregon law (ORS 609.345) allows for certain exemptions to permit requirements such as law enforcement agencies, USDA licensed educational or research facilities, permitted wildlife rehabilitation centers, and disabled persons with service monkeys.  

Import Requirements

A certificate of veterinary inspection (CVI), import permit, and other species-specific tests will be required for exotic animals imported into the state destined for exempt facilit​​ies.


Oregon Administrative Rules 603-015

OAR 603-015-0500 through 603-015-0535 OAR 603-015-0500 through 603-015-0535

Oregon Revised Statute 609: Dogs; Exotic Animals; Dealers

ORS 609: Dogs; Exotic Animals; Dealers



Animal Health
635 Capitol Street NE
Salem, OR 97301
Phone: 503-986-4680