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What are the laws on them in pa? Pennsylvanias exotic laws are so screwed up. I know you can get a raccoon no problem with permit which is easy just have to buy it from a liscence breeder. Well if I am right both are in the raccoon family but whats the laws on them. Anyone help with pa laws on exotics?

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The last time I checked Pennsyvania statutes regarding exotics, they required a permit. Coatis and Kinkajous were not mentioned specifically, so your best bet is to approach the Dept of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) before you get the animal. If they classify it as an exotic you'll most likely have to have your facility approved for it.

If you contact them after you have the animal, you run the risk being denied the permit, and of having the animal confiscated.

Also, make sure the breeder you purchase the animal from has all their permits up to date. Purchasing and animal from an illegal source opens the door to much worse legal problems. Interstate transfer can involve US Fish and Wildlife and the Lacey Act.

Don't go there, trust me.

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Pennsylvania is known to be one of the least friendly states for exotics. I know of several people who had their animals confiscated out of the blue a few years back. To my knowledge, their law does not specifically mention coatis or kinks, but it's very openly worded to basically say "Whatever the game wardens deem as an exotic requiring a permit, requires a permit." So you definitely want to talk to Fish & Wildlife and get a permit before getting an animal. The statute is pretty clear in stating that no permit will be issued unless they inspect your premises and feel confident that the person applying for the permit has the knowledge, facilities, and veterinary access to properly care for the animal and protect it from the public (and the public from it).

Bob is definitely right though, make sure you get an animal from a legitimate, and USDA licensed source. As soon as any illegal animal crosses state lines, it becomes Federal jurisdiction, and they don't have much of a sense of humor and aren't generally very forgiving of people who claim ignorance about the source of the animals. :)
 

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racoons not banned

Racoons are not banned. You do need a permit for them but its the same as skunks and squirrels and a couple others. You get the permit by buying from a Pa fish and game liscenced breeder and your recipe is your permit and has a number on it. I had a pet skunk. She was the best pet ever but sadly she passed away do to a complication after surgery. We are planning to get another one in the spring when they are born. The guy we bought her off sells racoons too LEGALLY.
 

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Those are native wildlife so don't come under the exotic wildlife law but there are exotic raccoons like the Crab-Eating Raccoon from South America and you can't have exotic raccoons or anything in that family like kinks and coatis.
 
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