AZGFD reminds public of restrictive live wildlife

AZGFD reminds public of restrictive live wildlife

By Janice Yu. CREATED Apr 4, 2013

Web Producer: Janice Yu

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - The Arizona Game and Fish Department reminds the public that certain species are not allowed to be imported, exported or possessed without a special license or lawful exception.

AZGFD is informing the public following several recent cases regarding the possession of GIla monsters.

Other animals on the restrictive live wildlife list include skunks, hedgehogs, deer, gambels quail, snapping turtles, clawed frogs, alligators and piranhas.  

“Different species are on the list for different reasons. Either they pose a public safety threat, they are native wildlife, commercial trade has or may impact population numbers,  or they pose a danger and/or disease transmission risk to native wildlife, livestock, pets, or humans,” said Regional Supervisor Raul Vega of Game and Fish in Tucson.

It is lawful to own any species of primate other than orangutans, chimpanzees and gorillas. The primate must be confined to the owner's private property and transported by the owner only by cage. Human contact is regulated to prevent safety issues.

The full list of animals on the list can be found on the AZGFD website.