Question: Can You Own A Tiger In The US?

How many tigers are kept as pets in the US?

Estimates of the U.S. pet-tiger population range from 5,000 to 7,000, according Born Free USA, an animal advocacy organization.

While there is no federal U.S. law that prohibits wildlife ownership, each state has its own set of laws and regulations about exotic animals. Nevada, Wisconsin, Alabama, and North Carolina have little to no state regulations on owning wildlife, according to Michigan State University’s Animal Legal & Historical Center.

Examples of Prohibited Animals
Texas
UtahBear, tiger, lion, cheetah, monkey, ape, gorilla, kangaroo, lemur (exceptions apply)
VermontExotic animals prohibited as pets, including bear, lion, tiger, wolf, gorilla, monkey, etc.
VirginiaBear, wolf, coyote, hyena, lion, tiger, leopard, alligator, crocodile

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Can you own a tiger in Texas?

Possession and regulation of exotic animals are controlled by the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife. To own a tiger or other large cat in Texas, all you have to do is qualify for a permit. To have your permit approved, you must prove you can properly cage and provide for the tiger as a pet.

Can Tigers be pets?

Tigers are not domesticated cats, nor should they be kept as pets, but many people still care for them as such. It’s problematic to consider keeping a tiger or any big cat as a pet, yet thousands are currently kept as pets—more than are left in the wild.

Do black tigers exist?

So-called black tigers are due to pseudo-melanism. Pseudo-melanistic tigers have thick stripes so close together that the tawny background is barely visible between stripes. Pseudo-melanistic tigers exist and can be seen in the wild and in zoos. Such tigers are said to be getting more common due to inbreeding.