Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Alabama

Q: Can I have a fox as a pet in the state of Alabama?

I have read about having an exotic pet in the state of Alabama but what I'm confused about is that it specified breeds from outside of the state lines. Does that mean if I get a breed of fox that is native to Alabama it is legal to own as a pet?

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William E. Scully Jr.
William E. Scully Jr.
  • Daphne, AL
  • Licensed in Alabama

A: It sounds like a bad idea to me. The Alabama Administrative Code contains regulations promulgated by various Alabama State entities. The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has promulgated 220-2-.26 which, among other things prohibits the possession of foxes brought in from other states. It says nothing about possession of a fox found in the State of Alabama. Alabama Code Section 9-2-13(c) makes it a class C misdemeanor to possess a prohibited animal...but specifies a minimum fine is $1000!

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