Is it legal to own a ferret in Georgia?

Pet ferret on a lead
Pet ferret on a lead. Image: Pixabay.

As it happens, it is LEGAL to own a European ferret (Mustela putorius furo) in Georgia. In fact, an owner can sell, purchase, exhibit and possess a European ferret without a licence or permit in Georgia provided “that the ferret owner can provide valid documentation that the ferret was sexually neutered prior to seven months of age and is vaccinated against rabies with a properly administered vaccine approved for use on ferrets by the United States Department of Agriculture”.

You might like to know that the European ferret is, taxonomically speaking, in the order, Carnivora and a “licence or permit is required” for animals in this category of species except for the European ferret (subject to the conditions stated).

You might like to know that the serval and caracal are ILLEGAL in Georgia unless you have a special permit.

The Georgia ownership laws on these species are set out in:

2010 Georgia Code
§ 27-5-5 – Wild animals for which license or permit required

If you’d like to read a full breakdown of the laws regarding ownership of caracals and servals in Georgia as an individual citizen of that state, you might like to click on the link below.

Are servals legal in Georgia?

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