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Can I have pet fish or wildlife that are native to Washington State?

  • No. It is illegal to hunt or possess protected native fish or wildlife or species classified as endangered or protected in Washington (WAC 232-12-011). See WAC 232-12-064.
  • However, there are certain non-native species found in Washington that are not protected by state or federal regulation that a person can possess for specific purposes other than as a pet. For instance, starlings, house sparrows, and rock doves may be possessed for purposes of falconry; and rock doves for purposes of bird dog training (WAC 232-12-005).


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9th of July, 2012

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