(A) A person that possesses a registered dangerous wild animal in this state on October 1, 2013, that wishes to continue to possess the dangerous wild animal on and after January 1, 2014, and that intends to propagate the animal solely for the purposes of a species survival program that complies with rules shall apply for a wildlife propagation permit under this section. An applicant need apply for only one permit regardless of the number of dangerous wild animals that the applicant possesses.
(B) Except as otherwise provided in this section, an applicant for a wildlife propagation permit shall comply with the requirements and procedures established in sections 935.05 and 935.06 of the Revised Code. The application fee for a wildlife propagation permit shall be one of the following, as applicable:
(1) One thousand dollars if the applicant possesses not more than fifty dangerous wild animals;
(2) Three thousand dollars if the applicant possesses more than fifty dangerous wild animals.
(C) The facility at which a dangerous wild animal or dangerous wild animals will be maintained under a wildlife propagation permit shall consist of at least two acres. Division (C) of this section does not apply to either of the following:
(1) Dangerous wild animals specified in division (C)(20) of section 935.01 of the Revised Code;
(2) An applicant to whom the director of agriculture issues a written waiver stating that the acreage requirement does not apply to the applicant.
(D) All fees collected under this section shall be credited to the dangerous and restricted animal fund created in section 935.25 of the Revised Code.
Added by 129th General AssemblyFile No.113,SB 310, §1, eff. 9/5/2012.