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Legal Pet Skunk States

Each state handles pet skunk ownership a little differently. Some states require special permits to be obtained and fees to be paid. Please check with officials at your state's Department Of Conservation and Natural Resources or Fish and Game Commission for the most up to date information regarding owning a skunk.

If possible, a good idea is to get a copy of the law to read for yourself and to talk to several officials at these governing locations. In the past many officials, sometimes from the same state or even the same office, have been known to interpret the laws differently, lending to confusion over what the actual law is.

Some states have instituted a new rule that lets the local townships make up their own ordinances about pet skunk ownership. So it would be a good idea to check with your local government as well.

Below are listed the US states where captive-bred pet skunks are legal. From time to time, the laws in states will change regarding skunk ownership. Because of this, please use this list with caution.

New Jersey
New Mexico
South Carolina
South Dakota
West Virginia

Pet Skunk Legal States

For a more detailed description of the laws in these states, please contact the States portion of the Aspen Skunk Rabies Research Inc. site at http://www.aspenskunk.org/states/

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