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Although ferrets are not wild animals and indications are that they may have been kept for pets for as far back as 3000 years, it has only been since about 1998 that US society has learned to appreciate ferrets as the pets they are and not the exotic curiosity many assume them to be. However, change, even for the good, takes time and some governments feel the need to protect their citizens from the few irresponsible ferret owners by banning and/or restricting ferret ownership for all. Many individuals and organizations have led the fight to obtain your right to own ferrets but the battle is not completely over. There are still some places where ferrets are banned or restricted. Below is a list of some places where local law is not ferret friendly. It is by no means represented as a complete or up-to-date list. You should take great care to learn the local regulations/laws in your area as your ferret's life could literally be the price paid for your ignorance.

MILITARY INSTALLATIONS
This is determined by the base commander but their ban is pretty much automatic and as
most military members are aware of, the military does not have to get a search warrant
or show just cause to enter your premises. Many base housing authorities routinely send
in maintenance crews or inspectors to check for any housing/base violations.

CALIFORNIA
Californians for Ferret Legislation
Ferrets Anonymous
California Domestic Ferret Association
Weasel Web and Golden State Ferret Society

COLORADO
Not illegal in the state, only selected parts.

Broomfield
Federal Heights
Wheat Ridge

HAWAII

BLOOMINGTON, IN

NEWPORT, KY

OCEAN CITY, MD

MINNESOTA
Ferrets are not illegal in the state but are banned or restricted in some places.

Minneapolis
Supposedly the same situation basically as NYC.
Hopkins
Although not illegal, the local government is reported to be inhospitable toward ferrets.
Golden Valley
Although not banned, ferrets are not on the list of allowed animals.
Bloomington
Supposedly ferrets have been legalized but animal control does not acknowledge their legilization.
Burnsville
Richfield
Robbinsdale

COLUMBIA, MO

NEW YORK CITY, NY
(including Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens)

My understanding is that technically they aren't illegal, but that the Health Department
has declared them a public health hazard and enforces their seizure and destruction.
Supposedly there is a license you can get.

OHIO
Not illegal in the state, only selected places.

Butler County
Columbus
Franklin County
Sharonville
Warren County

TULSA, OK

HAZELTON, PA
Pennsylvania has recognized the ferret's domestic status but Hazelton still classifies them as 'exotic animals' and bans them.

PUERTO RICO

SOUTH CAROLINA
Ferrets are techinally legal to own but not sell in SC. However, the state has a reputation as being ferret unfriendly.

TEXAS
As a born and bred Texan, I apologize to all for the vast number of Texas locations that have decided to be so ignorant on this issue. Supposedly many of these do not 'enforce' the ban unless there is a 'problem or complaint'.

Addison
Beaumont
Carrollton
Coppell
Dallas
Denton
Euless
Ft. Worth
Garland
Kileen
Mesquite
North Richland Hills
Rowlett

UTAH
Not illegal in the state.

Davis County
Legal to sell ferrets but not to own them.
Taylorsville

WASHINGTON D.C.

CANADA

East York, Toronto, ON
London, ON
York, Toronto, ON


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