person in the State of Tennessee may have in his or her possession any live
wild animal species obtained from outside the State of Tennessee, he or she
must import such animal in accordance with the following:
(a) Any permit obtained for importation,
other than an annual importation permit, is void when the shipment of animals
or any portion thereof is received or when any condition or restriction of the
permit is violated.
as referred to in these regulations, is either singular or plural, as the case
may be; and is defined as all species normally found in the wild, regardless of
whether they were captured in the wild or raised in captivity.
(c) Wildlife obtained through interstate
commerce must be in accordance with federal laws, as well as be obtained from a
dealer licensed by the U. S. Department of Agriculture under the Animal Welfare
Act of 1970.
(d) When any wildlife
is being shipped or transported by any carrier, private or public, the carrier
shall possess the shipper's copy of the importation permit. The shipper's copy
of the importation permit will be left with the consignee upon delivery of the
animals. The animals and all pertinent records will be open to inspection by a
representative of the Wildlife Resources Agency prior to their
(e) Any person, group or
business entity importing wildlife for the purpose of release must notify the
regional office within 24 hours prior to the arrival of the shipment. Wildlife
imported for release will be subject to inspection by the Tennessee Wildlife
Resources Agency prior to their release.
Any wildlife imported for release will be
subject to the following restrictions:
Annual importation permit holders shall notify the Tennessee Wildlife Resources
Agency of the intent to import a shipment of captive wildlife to check to
determine if the source of that species is approved.
2. The importation of animals from states
having endemic disease problems in wild populations that could present a health
hazard to native wildlife or the public is specifically prohibited.
3. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
will annually compile a list of species and the states from which they
originate that are prohibited from importation. This list will be provided to
the appropriate agency personnel as well as annual importation permit
request to import will be considered on its own merits, taking into
consideration human health and safety, competition with or effect on native
species, prolific breeders, and agricultural pests.
(h) The above mentioned requirements do not
apply to Class III Wildlife.