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Exotic permit deadline looms


No more state permits for bears, primates after Jan. 1


The Oregon Department of Agriculture will stop issuing new permits for exotic pets Jan. 1 under an Oregon law enacted by the 2009 Legislature.


Current exotic-pet owners are eligible to keep their animals if they obtain a permit before Jan. 1.


The law applies to non-human primates; most bears; felines not indigenous to Oregon, except domestic cats; and non-wolf canines not indigenous to Oregon, except domestic dogs.


The law requires exotics to be kept in a secured holding facility and not allowed out of cages except to be transported to a veterinarian.


"As long as the currently permitted animal is alive, the owners will be able to have it legally," the Oregon Department of Agriculture's Don Hansen said. "When the existing permitted animals die or leave the state, no more permits will be issued for animals listed," he said.


Currently, 88 exotic animals reside in Oregon under 49 permits, including 24 exotic felines and 15 primates.


-- Mitch Lies



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