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Alabama>Legal, (334)242-3467 Black and White skunks must have permits. Must be obtained from a licensed breeder within the state. Please note, these laws may have changed recently.

Alaska>Illegal, (907)465-4100

Arizona>Illegal, (602)942-3000 Arizona Customer Service
You can NOT own a skunk. You CAN NOT get a permit to keep a skunk until it dies; the Temporary Holding Permit is only good for 72 hours. After that you have to get rid of your skunk.

Arkansas>Illegal, Little Rock: (501)223-6300 or Toll Free: 1(800)364-4263

AGFC Headquarters, 2 Natural Resources Drive, Little Rock, AR 72205

March of 2003 laws changed to NO Importing or Exporting of skunks. Dec.2003 laws change to only licensed rehabbers will be allowed to keep skunks. No one will be able to own skunks for pets.

Arkansas Game and Fish Law 15.18

15.18 WILDLIFE IMPORTATION RESTRICTIONS. It shall be unlawful to import, ship, transport, or carry into the state by any means any of the following animals:

(A) Any live member of the cervidae family, including, but not limitedto white-tailed deer and elk.
(B) Raccoons.
(C) Bats.
(D) Skunks.
(E) Coyotes that originate from or have lived in Alaska, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Texas, Wisconsin, Wyoming and Canada.
(F) Gray and Red Foxes that originate or have lived in Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont, Wisconsin, Wyoming and Canada.
(G) Rodents captured in the wild from Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah and Wyoming.

PENALTY: $500.00 to $1000.00

California>Illegal, (916)445-0411

Colorado>Illegal, (303)297-1192 press 5 customer service

You may also read more on their laws at

Connecticut>Illegal for pets, (860)642-7239 (Elaine Hinich), Educational (860)424-3011 (Chris)

Delaware>Illegal, (302)739-5297 & (302)739-4403

Florida>Legal, (850)488-6253

Need permit first., skunks are considered class 3 animal.

Georgia>Legal, (912)685-2145

Black or Black and White skunks are not legal in Georgia. All other colors are legal

Hawaii>Illegal, (808)587-0166, Fax: (808)587-0160

Idaho>Legal, (208)334-3700, Fax: (208)334-2114 or (208)334-2148

Legal for import but only with an import permit.

Title 25 of the Idaho code can be read at

Illinois>Illegal, (217)782-6431 Tom Wakolbinger, Director, Office of Law Enforcement

Indiana>Legal, (317)571-1220, Fax: (317)571-1223

Permits required after you buy your skunk. DNR will come out to inspect your home.

Iowa>Legal, (515)281-5918

You must buy/receive your skunk from a licensed Game breeder or someone with the proper licenses. Must save your receipt to prove your skunk did not come from the wild. IF you give/sell/offering your skunk to another party you must obtain a game breeder license first before transfer of ownership to be legal.

Kansas >Illegal, (913)894-9113

Kentucky>Legal in some counties, (800)858-1549

You must apply for captive wildlife permit before getting a skunk. The cost is $75.00 for a three year permit.

If you buy from without the state you must apply for a transportation permit to bring skunk into the state. the skunk must have a health cert by a liscened vet. Cost for transportation permit is $25.00 per entry.

Refer to

NOTE : If you are traveling through the state with your skunks on any highway you must apply for a transportation permit prior entering the state.

Louisiana>Must call, (318)371-3050 Marty Edmunds

Call BEFORE getting a skunk to obtain information on keeping skunks as pets in this state. Must buy from a USDA licensed breeder/broker/dealer.

Maine>Illegal, (207)287-8000

Maine's laws change Feb 2002 to NOT LEGAL. Same rules as MASS with Educational. May allow a person with a USDA Class B or Class C for educational purpose ONLY PLUS must apply for a State Educational Permit. Skunk is used for education only. Also must apply for Import permit.

Maryland>Illegal, In State (877)620-8DNR (8367) , Out of State (410)260-8100)

Massachusetts>Illegal for pets, (508)792-7270 Tom French is the one who issues permits.

Mass will allow a person with a USDA Class B or Class C for educational purpose ONLY PLUS must apply for a State Educational Permit. The Skunk is used for Education only.

Michigan>Legal, (517)373-1230

NO IMPORTING. Skunk must come from breeder within the state, permits are required before you get a skunk, cage requirements must be met before you get your skunk. DNR will come out to inspect before issuing permit.

Minnesota>Illegal, (651)296-4771 Steve Kittleson (MN State DNR) and

(651)297-2072 Ed Boggess (Head wildlife officer, MN State DNR)

Chapter Title: Public Health Provisions, Section 145.365

It is unlawful to import into or export out of this state any live skunk for sale, exchange, or gift for any purpose whatsoever, or acquire, barter, exchange, give, or purchase any live skunks. Exceptions made for publicly or privately owned zoological parks or circuses or any other show where a skunk is exhibited but is not in physical contact with the public, or by scientific or educational institutions for research or educational purposes. No private parties that have USDA permit can own a skunk. Violation is a misdemeanor.

Mississippi>Illegal, ( 601)432-2174 Law Enforcement, (601)432-2400

In 1989 laws changed to Illegal to possess any game or fur bearing animals native to the state.

Missouri>Illegal, (573)751-1010, (800)361-4827 / (573)751-3443

Montana>Illegal, (406)444-2074, Fax: (406)444-2684

Montana Department of Health Statutes


50-23-101. Definitions. Unless the context requires otherwise, in this part, the following definitions apply:
 (1) "Department of livestock" means the department of livestock provided for in Title 2, chapter 15, part 31.
 (2) "Department of public health and human services" means the department of public health and human services provided for in
 (3) "Person" means an individual, group of individuals, partnership, corporation, firm, or association.
 (4) "Wild animal" means a skunk, fox, raccoon, or bat. Other species of normally nondomesticated animals known to be capable of transmitting rabies may be added to this list through the adoption of rules by the department of public health and human services, with the approval of the department of livestock.

History: En. Sec. 1, Ch. 448, L. 1981; amd. Sec. 124, Ch. 418, L. 1995; amd. Sec. 302, Ch. 546, L. 1995.

50-23-102. Prohibition of possession of wild animals -- exceptions. No person may possess a wild animal unless he possessed it for at least 6 months prior to January 1, 1982, or it is used in a fur-bearing enterprise, contained in a zoological exhibition in such a manner that it may not come in physical contact with members of the public, or acquired by an educational institution for scientific research.

History: En. Sec. 2, Ch. 448, L. 1981.

Nebraska>Illegal, (402)471-0641, Fax: (402)471-2900

Law 37-477
Certain animals kept in captivity; permit required; exceptions; rules and regulations.

(1) No person shall keep in captivity in this state any wild birds, any wild mammals, any nongame wildlife in need of conservation as determined by the commission under section 37-805, or any wildlife determined to be an endangered or threatened species under the Endangered Species Act or section 37-806 without first having obtained a permit to do so as provided by section 37-478 or 37-479.

(2) Except as provided in subsection (3) of this section, no person shall keep in captivity in this state any wolf, any skunk, or any member of the families Felidae and Ursidae. This subsection shall not apply to (a) the species Felis domesticus, (b) any zoo, park, refuge, wildlife area, or nature center owned or operated by a city, village, state, or federal agency, or (c) any person who holds a captive wildlife permit issued pursuant to section 37-479 and who raises Canada Lynx ( Lynx canadensis ) or bobcats ( Lynx rufus ) solely for the purpose of producing furs for sale to individuals or businesses or for the purpose of producing breeding stock for sale to persons engaged in fur production.

(3) Any person legally holding in captivity, on March 1, 1986, any animal subject to the prohibition contained in subsection (2) of this section shall be allowed to keep the animal for the duration of its life. Such animal shall not be traded, sold, or otherwise disposed of without written permission from the commission.

(4) The commission shall adopt and promulgate rules and regulations governing the purchase, possession, propagation, sale, and barter of wild birds, wild mammals, and wildlife in captivity.


Laws 1957, c. 151, 1, p. 490; Laws 1971, LB 733, 9; Laws 1986, LB 558, 1; Laws 1987, LB 379, 1; R.S.1943, (1993), 37-713; Laws 1998, LB 922, 187; Laws 1999, LB 176, 56.

Nevada>Illegal, (775) 687-4360, Fax: (775) 687-6122

New Hampshire>Illegal, (603)271-3421 Fish and Game

NOT LEGAL. May allow a person with a USDA Class B or Class C for educational purpose ONLY PLUS must apply for a State Educational Permit. The skunk is used for education only. NO importing.

New Jersey>Legal, (609)292-2965 Amy Wells

Permits required and skunk must come from breeder within the state ;

New Mexico>Legal, (800)219-6157 or (505)827-2855

Legal to own pen-raised skunk if you have a permit.

New York>Illegal, (518)402-8990 Special Licenses

No longer issuing permits for any reason.

North Carolina>Illegal, (919)733-7191 Law enforcement, (919)661-4872 or (919)662-4575 Wildlife Management Division

No pet permits will be given out.

This is not on the internet

North Carolina Law, Code 15ANCAC10H.0301

Rules for people having USDA permit below:
People having a USDA permit for educational purposes only Class C also need to apply for a captivity permit for skunks to be use for educational purposes only.


(a) A person shall obtain a permit from the State Veterinarian before importing any of the following animals into this State:
(1) Skunk;
(2) Fox;
(3) Raccoon;
(4) Ringtail;
(5) Bobcat (includes Lynx and other North and South American felines as cougars, jaguars, etc.);
(6) Coyote;
(7) Marten;
(8) Brushtail Possum (Trichosurus vulpecula).

(b) Permits for the importation into this State of any of the animals listed in Paragraph (a) of this Rule shall be issued only if the animal(s) will be used in a research institute, or for exhibition by a USDA licensed exhibitor, or organized entertainment as in zoos or circuses
(d) Any species or hybrid of a mammal not otherwise covered in the Administrative Code that is found to exist in the wild or naturally occurs in the wild must be accompanied by a valid certificate of veterinary inspection.

North Dakota>Illegal, (701)328-2654 Board of Animal Health

Ohio>Legal, (614)265-6300

Permits required after you buy your skunk. DNR will come out to inspect your place. Must keep receipt to prove skunk did not come from the wild. Must buy from a licensed commercial propagator dealer, breeder, pet store.

Oklahoma>Legal, (405)521-3719 Call Law Department

Apply for Non-Commercial breeder license first. Must buy from a licensed dealer/breeder. Must get import permit before you buy your skunk. Need Health Certificate to bring into the state. Note: Should have a vet willing to care for the skunk first.

Oregon>Legal, (503)947-6000 / (800)720-6339

Permits required. Can not sell skunk within state, need an Import Number before skunk enters the state.

Pennsylvania>Legal, (717)783-8164 Law Enforcement

Permits required, the Law Enforcement division of PA Fish and Game requests that in-state residents buy from a license dealer/breeder within the state of PA for pet purposes. No importing pet skunks.

Rhode Island>Illegal, (401)789-0281

South Carolina>Legal,
(803)734-4004 SC Department of Natural Resources, Law Enforcement Division
(803)734-3886 SC Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division
(803)898-3432 SC Department of Health and Environmental Control

No sale, purchase, donation, or transfer of ownership of skunks to private parties or private parties having a USDA permit after July 2,2003. Law changed July 3, 2003, Rabies Control Act Title 47 Chapter 5

No Importing allowed, Not Issuing Permits at this time. Chapter 16 Section 50-16-10

No permit required to possess skunks within the state.

Cannot buy or sell within the state.

South Dakota>Legal, (605)773-3321 Animal Industry Board

Owning a skunk you must apply for a licensed first. The facility will be inspected before obtaining a skunk and will be decided if a permit will be issued or not. Cage requirement. The skunk must have a form of ID, micro chip/tattoo. To import a skunk into the state. Same rules as follows plus health cert. by a licensed vet, ID (micro chip/tattoo) Vet in state skunk is coming from must call state prior of skunk entering state to get an import permit number.

Law 40-5-8

Rule 12:68:18

Tennessee>Illegal, Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency
Please call Wally Cook - (615)781-6580 or (615)781-6647
Nashville, TN.

Any skunks WILL be confiscated and euthanized.

Information is not on the internet > Act in place 1974 TCA Law 70-4-208 Unlawful importation of skunks-
(a) It is unlawful for any person to import, possess,or cause to be imported into this state any type of live skunk, or to sell , barter, exchange or otherwise transfer any live skunk,except that the prohibitions of this section shall not apply to bona fide zoological parks and research institutions.
(b) A violation of this section is a Class C misdemeanor (Acts 1974,ch 622, @ 1;1982,ch 738 @ 31;T.C.A. @ 51-514; Acts 1989, ch 591 @ 113) cross- reference penalty for Class C misdemeanor @ 40-35-111

Captive Law does not negate the skunk law.

Texas>Illegal, (512) -389-4647, Russell is the contact.

NO PET SKUNK PERMITS ARE GIVEN OUT! . You have to send a letter to Texas Wild Life Dept./Texas Dept. of Health to get a letter of authorization to keep a skunk. They are NOT issuing any letters of authorization at this time because of the rabies outbreak in the state. You would also need a Fur Bearer propagator permit, cost $75.00. These are given after an inspection of the facility. This is for a commercial business ONLY. Only other permits for skunks are Educational (non-profit, in addition to USDA Class B or Class C) and Zoological.

UTAH>Illegal, (435)789-4078 & (435)865-0861 Fax: (435)789-4805

Vermont>Illegal, (802)241-3700 Dept. Fish &Wildlife

Virginia>Illegal, (804)367-1000 Game commission

Washington>Illegal, (360)902-2936

West Virginia>Legal, (304)558-2771 Sherry Young / (304) 558-2784 Law Enforcement

NO IMPORTATION of skunks into the state. If get caught the skunk could be put down. Permits required. You must buy from a breeder within the state.

Wisconsin>Legal, (608)266-3244 Law Enforcement AND (608)224-5058 Dept of Agriculture

Wisconsin Statutes Chapter 169 and Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resurces Chapter NR 16

Basically the laws in Wisconsin require any person that wants to possess, propagate, purchase or sell skunks to hold a Class A or Class B captive wild animal farm licenses, a nonprofit educational exhibitors license or a nonresident temporary exhibitors license. There are some exceptions for Zoo's and circus's. In addition, a skunk may be possessed by a nonresident under the legal authority of another state, province, or country may be possessed in this state by the nonresident for not more than 60 days from the date the wild animal enters the state if all of the following apply:
  (a) The nonresident ensures that a veterinarian files a copy of a valid certificate of veterinary inspection for the wild animal with the department of agriculture, trade and consumer protection.
  (b) The nonresident holds every license or other approval that is required by the other state, province, or country.

Skunks may not be descented by or for any person in Wisconsin unless that person holds a Class A or B captive wild animal farm license.

When skunks are held under the authority of an appropriate Wisconsin license, they are required to be kept in cages or enclosures that meet the pen and humane care and treatment requirements found in Wisconsin's Administrative Code section NR 16.10.

Wyoming>Legal, (307)777-4600

No permit required.

Skunks are consistered Predatory Animals, Law 23-1-101,

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