AB703,4,324 173.22 (1) Petition. A person claiming that an animal that he or she owns was
25improperly taken into custody under s. 173.13 (1) (a) 3., 4., 5., 6. or, 8., or 10. or is

1wrongfully withheld under s. 173.21 (1) may seek return of the animal by petitioning
2for an order from the circuit court for the county in which the animal was taken into
3custody or in which it is held.
AB703,8 4Section 8. 173.22 (3) (a) (intro.) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB703,4,85 173.22 (3) (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
7returned to the owner unless it determines that one of the following conditions is
AB703,9 9Section 9. 173.22 (3) (a) 5. of the statutes is created to read:
AB703,4,1210 173.22 (3) (a) 5. There are reasonable grounds to believe that the animal is a
11dangerous exotic animal possessed, imported into this state, sold, transferred, or
12bred in violation of s. 173.50.
AB703,10 13Section 10. 173.50 of the statutes is created to read:
AB703,4,14 14173.50 Dangerous exotic animals. (1) Definitions. In this section:
AB703,4,1915 (a) "Circus" means an entity holding a class C license as an exhibitor under the
16federal Animal Welfare Act, 7 USC 2131 to 2159, who conducts scheduled events
17performed by a traveling company that uses mobile facilities in which entertainment
18consisting of a variety of performances by acrobats, clowns, and trained animals is
19the primary attraction or principal business.
AB703,4,2020 (b) "Dangerous exotic animal" means a live animal that is any of the following:
AB703,4,2321 1. One of the following animals of the family Felidae: a lion, tiger, jaguar,
22leopard, snow leopard, clouded leopard, Sunda clouded leopard, or cheetah or a
23hybrid of any of these species.
12. One of the following animals of the family Ursidae: an Asiatic black bear,
2brown bear, polar bear, sloth bear, sun bear, giant panda bear, or spectacled bear or
3a hybrid of any of these species.
AB703,5,54 3. One of the following animals of the family Hominidae: a gorilla, orangutan,
5chimpanzee, or bonobo.
AB703,5,66 4. One of the following animals of the family Hylobatidae: a siamang or gibbon.
AB703,5,87 5. One of the following animals of the order Crocodylia: an alligator of any
8species, crocodile of any species, caiman of any species, or gharial.
AB703,5,99 (c) "Municipality" means a city, village, or town.
AB703,5,1110 (d) "Wildlife sanctuary" means a nonprofit entity to which all of the following
AB703,5,1412 1. The entity operates a place of refuge where abused, neglected, unwanted,
13abandoned, orphaned, displaced, or impounded dangerous exotic animals are
14provided with lifelong care.
AB703,5,1815 2. The entity does not conduct any commercial activity involving a dangerous
16exotic animal, including the sale, trading, or leasing of dangerous exotic animals or
17the dead bodies or parts of bodies of dangerous exotic animals or the use of dangerous
18exotic animals in a for-profit operation.
AB703,5,2019 3. The entity does not use dangerous exotic animals for performances or in a
20traveling exhibit.
AB703,5,2121 4. The entity does not breed dangerous exotic animals.
AB703,5,23 22(2) Prohibitions. (a) Except as provided in sub. (3), no person may possess,
23import into this state, sell, transfer, or breed a dangerous exotic animal.
AB703,5,2524 (b) No person may allow a member of the public to come into direct contact with
25a dangerous exotic animal.
1(3) Exemptions. (a) Subsection (2) (a) does not apply to any of the following:
AB703,6,52 1. An entity that is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and
3Aquariums or that has a contract under a species survival plan of the Association of
4Zoos and Aquariums for the breeding of species listed as threatened or endangered
5under 16 USC 1533 (c).
AB703,6,66 2. A zoo that is operated by a municipality or county.
AB703,6,77 3. A circus.
AB703,6,88 4. Circus World Museum.
AB703,6,99 5. A wildlife sanctuary.
AB703,6,1110 6. A person operating a research facility that is registered under the federal
11Animal Welfare Act, 7 USC 2131 to 2159.
AB703,6,1312 7. A veterinarian licensed under ch. 453 who is providing treatment to a
13dangerous exotic animal.
AB703,6,1714 8. An individual performing his or her duties as a humane officer or law
15enforcement officer, a political subdivision on whose behalf a humane officer or law
16enforcement officer takes a dangerous exotic animal into custody, or a person
17providing services under a contract under s. 173.15 (1).
AB703,6,1918 9. A person transporting a dangerous exotic animal through this state if the
19dangerous exotic animal is in this state for no longer than 72 hours.
AB703,6,2220 (b) A person who owns a dangerous exotic animal on the effective date of this
21paragraph .... [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:
AB703,6,2423 1. The person maintains documentation showing that on the effective date of
24this subdivision .... [LRB inserts date], the person owns the dangerous exotic animal.
12. The person registers the dangerous exotic animal under sub. (4) and pays
2the registration fee no later than the first day of the 7th month beginning after the
3effective date of this subdivision .... [LRB inserts date].
AB703,7,64 (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
6authorized to possess the dangerous exotic animal.
AB703,7,10 7(4) Registration. A municipality shall accept registrations of dangerous exotic
8animals for the purposes of sub. (3) (b) 2. beginning no later than the first day of the
94th month beginning after the effective date of this subsection .... [LRB inserts date].
10A municipality shall charge a fee for registering a dangerous exotic animal.
AB703,7,13 11(5) Escapes. (a) If a dangerous exotic animal is released or escapes, the owner
12of the dangerous exotic animal shall immediately notify a local law enforcement
AB703,7,1514 (b) The owner of a dangerous exotic animal that is released or escapes is liable
15for the expenses incurred to recapture the dangerous exotic animal.
AB703,7,17 16(6) Ordinances. A municipality or county may enact an ordinance relating to
17dangerous exotic animals if the ordinance is at least as strict as subs. (2) to (4).
AB703,7,20 18(7) Penalties. (a) A person who violates this section may be required to forfeit
19not more than $1,000. Each animal with respect to which the person violates this
20section constitutes a separate violation.
AB703,7,2321 (b) If a person violates sub. (5) (a) and the dangerous exotic animal causes
22property damage or attacks an individual, the person may be required to forfeit not
23more than $2,000.
AB703,7,2424 (End)