All live wildlife possessed within the State of Tennessee must be held in
accordance with T.C.A. §§ 70-4-401 et seq., except in those instances
where species are addressed under other existing statutes.
(2) The possession of state or federally
threatened or endangered species is permitted only when the species have been
legally obtained in the state or country of origin. All imported live wildlife
must be legally obtained in the state of origin.
(3) No wildlife may be taken from the wild in
Tennessee except as provided for by statute, proclamation, and/or
(4) All individuals
possessing live wildlife must be able to produce proof of legal ownership.
Proof of legal ownership includes evidence of legal importation (importation
permit), purchase receipt from a licensed propagation facility, possession of
the parent animals, or evidence of disposition of the parent animals.
The following species may be legally
released if approval is obtained in advance from the TWRA:
(a) Bobwhite Quail;
(b) Red Fox;
(c) Grey Fox;
(e) Non-native game birds;
(f) Mallard ducks;
(g) Native species of fish that are not
approved for fish farming intended for release into private lakes and ponds;
(6) Fish that are
approved for fish farming may be released into private lakes and ponds without
obtaining approval from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 1660-01-18-.01
Original rule filed July 25, 1986; effective September 8, 1986.
Amendment filed February 26, 1987; effective April 12, 1987. Amendment filed
April 20, 1992; effective June 4, 1992. Amendments filed November 1, 2021;
Authority: T.C.A. §§ 70-1-206, 70-4-403,
70-4-404, and 70-4-405.