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State Releases Proposed Dangerous Animal List


The public has an opportunity to weigh in on the state’s proposed list of dangerous animals.
The list developed by the Wild and Dangerous Animal Board includes chimpanzees, crocodiles and giraffes.

Ownership of animals on the list will be prohibited. But residents who already own creatures on the list can keep them if they get a state permit.

The list is contained in a proposed legislative rule filed Wednesday. It must be approved by the Legislature.
The public comment period runs through Aug. 1.

The public comment period is open until August 1. Any comments can be mailed to Jodee Martin at the Department of Agriculture address: 1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East Charleston, WV 25305. Comments can also be emailed to Martin at

Department of Agriculture spokesman Butch Antolini tells the Charleston Daily Mail that state officials expect to receive many comments from the public.