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Animal Law

A guide to resources available online and in the library on the law surrounding pets and service animals, wild animals, wild game, and livestock.

Wild Animals


Possession of Wild Animals

State law provides some regulation of the types of wild animals that individuals may possess, keep as a pet, take for game hunting, sell, or propagate. Local governments may impose additional restrictions. Check with your city or county for more information about the laws in place in your area.

Dangerous Wild Animals

Texas Law

Understanding the Law

Other Wild Animals

Texas Law

Understanding the Law

Health & Safety of Wild Animals

Texas Laws & Regulations

Explained in "Plain English"

Nuisance Wildlife

Sometimes wildlife can be dangerous or harmful to humans. Texas law addresses certain species of wild animals that can become a nuisance to humans and sets out ways that people can mitigate the dangers of these species.

Endangered Species

Who Can I Contact?