Native Wildlife

General Information

  • It is not legal to import into Michigan any of the following live animals:

    • Wild turkeys or their eggs

    • Wild turkey hybrids or their eggs

    • Mute swans or their eggs

    • Skunks

    • Raccoons

    • Wild rabbits

    • Wild hares

A permit is required to keep native wildlife species, contact the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Permit Specialist at 517-284-6210.

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Coming into Michigan from Another State (import)

  1. Native wildlife must have an official interstate certificate of veterinary inspection (CVI) filled out by a United States Department of Agriculture accredited veterinarian in the animal’s state of origin.
  2. A permit is required for native wildlife species. Contact the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Permit Specialist at 517-284-6210.
  3. Check local ordinances for any further regulations that may apply.

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Exhibition (Show, fair, demonstration or display) Requirements

  1. There are no specific requirements for native wildlife moving within the state for exhibition.                                 
  2. Native Wildlife being imported from out of state for Exhibition:
  • Native wildlife must have an official interstate certificate of veterinary inspection (CVI) filled out by a United States Department of Agriculture accredited veterinarian in the animal’s state of origin.
  • A permit is required for native wildlife species. Contact the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Permit Specialist at 517-284-6210. The DNR permit number must be included on the CVI.
  • Check local ordinances for any further regulations that may apply.
  1. Contact the exhibition authorities for any additional requirements.

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Moving within Michigan (intrastate)

There are no specific requirements for intrastate movement.

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Leaving Michigan to go to Another State (export)

Please contact the state of destination. Contact information can be found at http://bit.ly/StateAHO.

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International Movement

Please contact the United States Department of Agriculture at 517-337-4700.

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