For further information see the state and local fiscal estimate, which will be
printed as an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
169.07 (1) (a) of the statutes is amended to read:
(a) No person may exhibit any captive live native wild animal or any
3captive live nonnative wild animal of the family ursidae
except as authorized under 4
a captive wild animal farm license, a rehabilitation license, a nonprofit educational 5
exhibiting license, or a nonresident temporary exhibiting license or under s. 29.319.
169.08 (1) of the statutes is amended to read:
169.08 (1) Requirement.
No person may propagate any native wild animal or
8any nonnative wild animal of the family ursidae
except as authorized under a captive
wild animal farm license, a bird hunting preserve license, a wild fur farm license, a 2
nonprofit educational exhibiting license, or a scientific research license.
169.11 (1) (a) (intro.) of the statutes is amended to read:
(a) (intro.) The department shall designate by rule cougars, members 5
of the family ursidae species Ursus americanus
, wild swine, and feral swine as 6
harmful wild animals. After consulting with the department of agriculture, trade 7
and consumer protection and the department of health services, the department of 8
natural resources may designate by rule other species of wild animals
9dangerous exotic animals, as defined in s. 173.50 (1) (b),
as harmful wild animals if 10
any of the following applies:
169.15 (4) (b) of the statutes is amended to read:
(b) If any member of the family ursidae,
or canidae or of the
13species Ursus americanus
escapes from its enclosure or fenced area on a captive wild 14
animal farm, the person holding the captive wild animal farm license shall notify the 15
department within 24 hours after the escape.
173.13 (1) (a) 10. of the statutes is created to read:
(a) 10. A dangerous exotic animal possessed, imported into this state, 18
sold, transferred, or bred in violation of s. 173.50.
173.21 (1) (e) of the statutes is created to read:
(e) There are reasonable grounds to believe that the animal is a 21
dangerous exotic animal possessed, imported into this state, sold, transferred, or 22
bred in violation of s. 173.50.
173.22 (1) of the statutes is amended to read:
173.22 (1) Petition.
A person claiming that an animal that he or she owns was 25
improperly taken into custody under s. 173.13 (1) (a) 3., 4., 5., 6. or,
8., or 10.
wrongfully withheld under s. 173.21 (1) may seek return of the animal by petitioning 2
for an order from the circuit court for the county in which the animal was taken into 3
custody or in which it is held.
173.22 (3) (a) (intro.) of the statutes is amended to read:
(a) (intro.) If the animal was taken into custody under s. 173.13 (1) 6
(a) 8. or 10.
or is withheld under s. 173.21 (1), the court shall order the animal 7
returned to the owner unless it determines that one of the following conditions is 8
173.22 (3) (a) 5. of the statutes is created to read:
(a) 5. There are reasonable grounds to believe that the animal is a 11
dangerous exotic animal possessed, imported into this state, sold, transferred, or 12
bred in violation of s. 173.50.
173.50 of the statutes is created to read:
14173.50 Dangerous exotic animals. (1) Definitions.
In this section:
(a) "Circus" means an entity holding a class C license as an exhibitor under the 16
federal Animal Welfare Act, 7 USC 2131
, who conducts scheduled events 17
performed by a traveling company that uses mobile facilities in which entertainment 18
consisting of a variety of performances by acrobats, clowns, and trained animals is 19
the primary attraction or principal business.
(b) "Dangerous exotic animal" means a live animal that is any of the following:
1. One of the following animals of the family Felidae: a lion, tiger, jaguar, 22
leopard, snow leopard, clouded leopard, Sunda clouded leopard, or cheetah or a 23
hybrid of any of these species.
2. One of the following animals of the family Ursidae: an Asiatic black bear, 2
brown bear, polar bear, sloth bear, sun bear, giant panda bear, or spectacled bear or 3
a hybrid of any of these species.
3. One of the following animals of the family Hominidae: a gorilla, orangutan, 5
chimpanzee, or bonobo.
4. One of the following animals of the family Hylobatidae: a siamang or gibbon.
5. One of the following animals of the order Crocodylia: an alligator of any 8
species, crocodile of any species, caiman of any species, or gharial.
(c) "Municipality" means a city, village, or town.
(d) "Wildlife sanctuary" means a nonprofit entity to which all of the following 11
1. The entity operates a place of refuge where abused, neglected, unwanted, 13
abandoned, orphaned, displaced, or impounded dangerous exotic animals are 14
provided with lifelong care.
2. The entity does not conduct any commercial activity involving a dangerous 16
exotic animal, including the sale, trading, or leasing of dangerous exotic animals or 17
the dead bodies or parts of bodies of dangerous exotic animals or the use of dangerous 18
exotic animals in a for-profit operation.
3. The entity does not use dangerous exotic animals for performances or in a 20
4. The entity does not breed dangerous exotic animals.
(a) Except as provided in sub. (3), no person may possess, 23
import into this state, sell, transfer, or breed a dangerous exotic animal.
(b) No person may allow a member of the public to come into direct contact with 25
a dangerous exotic animal.
(a) Subsection (2) (a) does not apply to any of the following:
1. An entity that is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and 3
Aquariums or that has a contract under a species survival plan of the Association of 4
Zoos and Aquariums for the breeding of species listed as threatened or endangered 5
under 16 USC 1533
2. A zoo that is operated by a municipality or county.
4. Circus World Museum.
5. A wildlife sanctuary.
6. A person operating a research facility that is registered under the federal 11
Animal Welfare Act, 7 USC 2131
7. A veterinarian licensed under ch. 453 who is providing treatment to a 13
dangerous exotic animal.
8. An individual performing his or her duties as a humane officer or law 15
enforcement officer, a political subdivision on whose behalf a humane officer or law 16
enforcement officer takes a dangerous exotic animal into custody, or a person 17
providing services under a contract under s. 173.15 (1).
9. A person transporting a dangerous exotic animal through this state if the 19
dangerous exotic animal is in this state for no longer than 72 hours.
(b) A person who owns a dangerous exotic animal on the effective date of this 21
paragraph .... [LRB inserts date] and who does not qualify for an exemption in par. 22
(a) may possess the dangerous exotic animal, if all of the following apply:
1. The person maintains documentation showing that on the effective date of 24
this subdivision .... [LRB inserts date], the person owns the dangerous exotic animal.
2. The person registers the dangerous exotic animal under sub. (4) and pays 2
the registration fee no later than the first day of the 7th month beginning after the 3
effective date of this subdivision .... [LRB inserts date].
(c) A person who is authorized to possess a dangerous exotic animal under par. 5
(b) may transfer the dangerous exotic animal to another person who is legally 6
authorized to possess the dangerous exotic animal.
A municipality shall accept registrations of dangerous exotic 8
animals for the purposes of sub. (3) (b) 2. beginning no later than the first day of the 9
4th month beginning after the effective date of this subsection .... [LRB inserts date]. 10
A municipality shall charge a fee for registering a dangerous exotic animal.
(a) If a dangerous exotic animal is released or escapes, the owner 12
of the dangerous exotic animal shall immediately notify a local law enforcement 13
(b) The owner of a dangerous exotic animal that is released or escapes is liable 15
for the expenses incurred to recapture the dangerous exotic animal.
A municipality or county may enact an ordinance relating to 17
dangerous exotic animals if the ordinance is at least as strict as subs. (2) to (4).
(a) A person who violates this section may be required to forfeit 19
not more than $1,000. Each animal with respect to which the person violates this 20
section constitutes a separate violation.
(b) If a person violates sub. (5) (a) and the dangerous exotic animal causes 22
property damage or attacks an individual, the person may be required to forfeit not 23
more than $2,000.