Nevada Considers Ban on Keeping or Allowing Contact with Dangerous Wild Animals

Nevada Senate Bill 344 would prohibit the importation, possession, sale, transfer, and breeding of a “dangerous wild animal.” The bill also would prohibit direct contact with such animals. “Dangerous wild animal” is defined to include elephants, aardwolves and hyenas, primates, gray wolves, red wolves bred in captivity, cheetahs, clouded leopards, jaguars, leopards, lions, mountain lions bred in captivity, snow leopards, tigers, American black bears bred in captivity, Asiatic black bears, brown bears, giant pandas, polar bears, sloth bears, spectacled bears, and sun bears. The bill includes numerous exemptions, including for research facilities, non-profit shelters, and institutions accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The bill also would exempt certain holders of USDA Class “C” exhibitor licenses and persons who possessed dangerous wild animals before July 1, 2021 if several criteria are met, including not having been cited for animal welfare violations within the previous three years, never having been convicted of animal cruelty or neglect, and maintaining insurance coverage of not less than $250,000.