CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers are considering whether to ban the ownership of exotic animals in the state like tigers and alligators.
State lawmakers were told during a legislative committee meeting on Tuesday that West Virginia is one of five states with no exotic animal regulations. State wildlife officials say that means they have no idea what type, or how many, exotic animals are in the state. In the past, exotic animals like water buffalo and a lion have escaped from their owners.
Officials from the Department of Natural Resources want a law passed in the upcoming legislative session that would create a commission that would define which animals are banned. They say exotic animals need to be regulated for human and animal safety.
Zoos would be exempt from the regulations.