Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) has been detected in Florida. If you see a sick or abnormally thin deer or deer dead of unknown causes, please report its location to the CWD hotline: (866) CWD-WATCH (293-9282).
An Executive Order has been issued, which contains additional information affecting captive game farms, hunt preserves, and rehabilitators.
For additional information regarding CWD and the CWD event in Florida, visit our CWD page.
The Captive Wildlife Office within FWC is primarily responsible for regulating the possession of wildlife in captivity in Florida. The Captive Wildlife Office issues licenses and permits for the possession, sale, and exhibition of mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians. A permit or license is required to possess, sell, or exhibit wildlife in most cases.
The Captive Wildlife Office regulates both native and nonnative mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians. ‘Wildlife’ as referenced on this page only refers to mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians. All other classes of animals (fish, insects, arachnids, invertebrates, etc.) are not regulated by the Captive Wildlife Office and possession of such animals is not authorized under any Captive Wildlife license or permit. The Captive Wildlife Office does not regulate species designated as Conditional or Prohibited. The Captive Wildlife Office does not regulate native species designated as Endangered or Threatened in Florida.
Please use the links below for Captive Wildlife FAQs, updates and announcements, information regarding Captive Wildlife rules and regulations, and information specifically for current licensees/renewal applicants.
Please use the links below to learn more about each category of wildlife that is regulated by the Captive Wildlife Office or other sections within FWC.
Categories of Wildlife
Please use the links below to learn more about the licenses or permits required for different activities involving captive wildlife.