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is it against the law to sell live raccoons or opossums?

Question by jhart2. Uploaded on February 20, 2011

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from jamesti wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

i believe it is in most places.

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from buckhunter wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

Yes. However a permit can be obtained to sell pen raised animals. There are lots of places to buy a fox, raccons, coyotes...

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from Clay Cooper wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

Have you ever considered the health risk danger of even handling them?

raccoons & opossums do not make good pets!

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from J4huntfish wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

clay 1 + for you, i agree with above, clay you are right, those animals can have rabies and trust me you dont want to have rabies

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from Jere Smith wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

Why would you even want one of those things?

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from Carl Huber wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

I had a friend who bought a Silver Fox in N.Y.. Long story short it had something called Chiggers. Infested him his wife his furniture. He was fined had to replace a lot of furnishings; not to mention medical bills. Have to say wild animals belong in the woods or the stew pot.

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from Christopher Spangler wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

Tough times we live in when someone is thinking about risking getting rabies to make a buck.

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from PigHunter wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

Opossums are highly unlikely to carry rabies and are resistant to the virus. Raccoons are known to be carriers of rabies.

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from J4huntfish wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

sorry for the mistake, thanks for correcting me pighunter, so how are they resistant? i know that coons definatley have rabies or can carry them

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from clintsurber wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

It maybe illeagle to sell wild varmits but not to sell information on where someone could find one in cage somewhere.

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from PigHunter wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

J4huntfish, I found out about opossum resistance to rabies just last week while doing some web research. Apparently there was a 1960 study on rabies that several cite but I haven't read. Opossums are really strange, lol!
http://www.opossumsocietyus.org/frequently_asked_questions.htm
"Any mammal can get rabies. However, the chance of rabies in an opossum is EXTREMELY RARE. This may have something to do with the opossum’s low body temperature (94-97º F) making it difficult for the virus to survive in an opossum’s body."

http://www.wikidoc.org/index.php/Rabies
Raccoons continued to be the most frequently reported rabid wildlife species (37.2% of all animal cases during 2001), followed by skunks (30.7%), bats (17.2%), foxes (5.9%), and other wild animals, including rodents and lagomorphs (0.7%).

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from J4huntfish wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

thank you, yes that is very strange, and you are probably right about their body tempature affecting it. thanks for the reply

J4

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from 007 wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

Check with your local DNR office.

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from jamesti wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

i believe it is in most places.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

Have you ever considered the health risk danger of even handling them?

raccoons & opossums do not make good pets!

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from PigHunter wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

J4huntfish, I found out about opossum resistance to rabies just last week while doing some web research. Apparently there was a 1960 study on rabies that several cite but I haven't read. Opossums are really strange, lol!
http://www.opossumsocietyus.org/frequently_asked_questions.htm
"Any mammal can get rabies. However, the chance of rabies in an opossum is EXTREMELY RARE. This may have something to do with the opossum’s low body temperature (94-97º F) making it difficult for the virus to survive in an opossum’s body."

http://www.wikidoc.org/index.php/Rabies
Raccoons continued to be the most frequently reported rabid wildlife species (37.2% of all animal cases during 2001), followed by skunks (30.7%), bats (17.2%), foxes (5.9%), and other wild animals, including rodents and lagomorphs (0.7%).

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from buckhunter wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

Yes. However a permit can be obtained to sell pen raised animals. There are lots of places to buy a fox, raccons, coyotes...

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from Christopher Spangler wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

Tough times we live in when someone is thinking about risking getting rabies to make a buck.

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from J4huntfish wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

thank you, yes that is very strange, and you are probably right about their body tempature affecting it. thanks for the reply

J4

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from Jere Smith wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

Why would you even want one of those things?

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from Carl Huber wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

I had a friend who bought a Silver Fox in N.Y.. Long story short it had something called Chiggers. Infested him his wife his furniture. He was fined had to replace a lot of furnishings; not to mention medical bills. Have to say wild animals belong in the woods or the stew pot.

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from PigHunter wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

Opossums are highly unlikely to carry rabies and are resistant to the virus. Raccoons are known to be carriers of rabies.

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from J4huntfish wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

sorry for the mistake, thanks for correcting me pighunter, so how are they resistant? i know that coons definatley have rabies or can carry them

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from clintsurber wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

It maybe illeagle to sell wild varmits but not to sell information on where someone could find one in cage somewhere.

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from J4huntfish wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

clay 1 + for you, i agree with above, clay you are right, those animals can have rabies and trust me you dont want to have rabies

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from 007 wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

Check with your local DNR office.

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