Montana Revises Laws Regarding Zoos and Sanctuaries

Montana Governor Greg Gianforte has signed into law House Bill 305 which will add wildlife sanctuaries to the list of establishments housing wild animals that are subject to regulations and permit requirements. The law additionally prohibits such establishments from obtaining “healthy” wild animals by purchase or capture from the wild unless certain requirements are met and adds wildlife sanctuaries and nonprofit entities “accredited” by the Zoological Association of America to the definition of establishments that are exempt from existing prohibitions on the possession and sale of “exotic wildlife.”