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Tattoo Numbers for Bears, Coyotes, Mountain Lions, Tigers, and Wolves

Photo of man assessing the health of a mountain lion.

Examining a mountain lion

Any bear, coyote, mountain lion, tiger (or any large cat), or wolf that is held in captivity for any purpose must be reported to the department within 3 days of commencement of captivity by submitting a "Report of Acquisition or Capture and Application for Numbers to Tattoo Bears, Coyotes, Mountain Lions, Tigers, and Wolves". A registration fee of $10 per animal must accompany the application. The department will return a form to the applicant assigning tattoo number(s). Those tattoo numbers must be applied to the inside left thigh of the animal within 15 days of receipt. The numbers must be 3/8 inch in height for coyotes and 1/2 inch for all other animals. Certification of tattoo placement is documented on the form by either a veterinarian or a representative of the department, and that form must be returned to the department completing the registration process.

Any person holding a bear, coyote, mountain lion, tiger, or wolf in captivity must report the death, escape, release, or transfer of custody of that animal to the department immediately. In addition, compensation for any damage to the personal property of another person must be paid by the person who held the animal in captivity.

Fees

The fees for obtaining a registered tattoo number are $10 per animal, up to 5 animals. If more than 5 animals are registered at one time, the charge is $5 after the first 5 animals, up to a maximum of $200.

Tattoo Laws

Tattoo Application

Report of Acquisition or Capture and Application for Tattoo Numbers for Bears, Wolves, Coyotes, and Large Cats 29 KB 25 KB