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Old 07-23-2003, 09:51 PM   #1
West Virginia state law issues

State Homepage - http://www.state.wv.us/

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State Statutes/Code - http://www.legis.state.wv.us/legishp.html
Old 03-01-2005, 11:46 PM   #2
West Virginia Reptile Related Laws

>From: "Captain Kaven Ransom" <kavenransom@wvdnr.gov>
>To: "Bill Daniel" <billdaniel@wvdnr.gov>,<tenn_eseejed@hotmail.com >
>Subject: Reptile laws for W.V.
>Date: Tue, 1 Mar 2005 15:49:04 -0500
> In Wv. all reptiles are considered wildlife. If you raise and buy or sell
>dead or alive you must have a Game farm License issued by DNR. To do
>business in the State of WV you must also have a business license issued by
>the Secretary of States Office. To import any Wildlife into the State of
>WV. a person must have a business license, Game Farm License, and a
>IMPORTATION PERMIT issued by Paul Johansen Assistant Chief, Game Management
>Charleston 558-2771. Game Farm License are issued fdrom one of Six District
>Offices and re-newed each year by December 1st. Records must be sent in for
>purchases, sells, transfers, birth, deaths, and a end of the yeard report of
>all of these. You can stop by any District Office and view or obtain a copy
>of the Regulations dealing with Wildlife in the State Of West Virginia 8am
>to 5pm any week day.
> One last reg. you may have to deal with is that the Director for The
>Division Of Natural Resources is the only person who issues a permit to
>import VENOMOUS REPTILES. He does not allow the importation, except for
>educational purposes.
> Being that you are located in District One's area you may contact us at
>825-6787 Farmington W.V. If you have any other questions please feel free
>to call, or stop by.
> Captain Kaven Ransom
> WV. DNR Law Enforcement
Old 04-26-2007, 02:40 PM   #3
I was told that leopard geckos were legal to breed and did not need any permits to do so as were not native.
Old 09-16-2008, 12:50 PM   #4
A quick bit of info regarding Ball Pythons here in WV. I'm making the rounds, getting ready to gather any info I need for permits and thought this might be of use to someone else who might be looking for these answers. I wrote to the DNR about whether any permits were needed from them, and got this reply:

fromWVDNR Law Enforcement <law@wvdnr.gov>

dateTue, Sep 16, 2008 at 9:02 AM
subjectFW: exotic animals permit needed?

hide details 9:02 AM (3 hours ago) Reply

Since ball pythons are not native wildlife, you are not required to have a permit from DNR. You would, however, be required to purchase a business license.

You should also contact USDA at the following address to see if they require any permits.

730 Yokum St.
Elkins, WV 26241
(304) 636-1785
I have contacted the USDA, and will post their reply here as far as what if any permits are needed through them.
Old 09-17-2008, 01:18 PM   #5
I got word back from the USDA critters division today via phone that I don't need anything from them unless I'm doing international stuff. So all that's needed in WV for BPs aside from checking into your city and county laws is a business license if you plan to sell. I forget the gentleman's name, but it was the number above, extension 14.
Old 02-05-2012, 12:57 PM   #6
HSUS backing a bill in WV


This is moving fast, and I'm trying to hunt down the specific name of the bill, but I figured I would get the word out.
Old 02-06-2012, 02:46 PM   #7
things are really getting out of hand fast,please keep us updated.i'll do everything i can to fight these rediculous injustices.
Old 02-08-2012, 04:01 PM   #8
I don't know the house version of the bill. But the senate version is senate bill 477. Fast is an understatement as well. There is some vote on it today. Numbers for the Committee; chair is Sen. Laird 3043577849. Sen. Banning is vice chair 3043577867. I don't know if I have misspelled the names. I got the numbers from the assistant to the senator from my district.
Old 02-08-2012, 04:02 PM   #9
House bill is 4344
Old 02-09-2012, 09:17 AM   #10
"Exotic animals that escape or set free pose a risk to native wildlife. Constricting snakes are a particular problem in West Virginia, Wyatt said.
Owners purchase them when they are small and manageable. But when they grow to full size, owners often can’t care for them or grow tired of them and let them loose. The constrictors, which can kill a full-size deer, have no local predators and often breed, she said."

That is a bunch of bull! I live in WV and I have never ever seen a large constrictor in the wild. I've never seen any non native small constrictors either! Who do they think they are trying to fool? It's sad that dumb ignorant rednecks will believe this crock! A boa or python let loose would die here before winter even came.

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