(a) No person may import live fur-bearing animals into this state from another state or country unless: (1) a permit has been issued by the department for such importation and a copy of the completed permit accompanies any live fur-bearing animal being imported or is attached to any container used to import live fur-bearing animals; (2) the imported animals are accompanied by a health certificate signed by a veterinarian accredited in the state of origin; and (3) if the imported animals are foxes, raccoons, or skunks, a signed letter of authorization issued by the Texas Department of Health. (b) Imported live fur-bearing animals and live fur-bearing animals previously held in captivity may not be released into the wild without a letter of authorization from the wildlife division and the owner of the property where the release occurs. Animals released under provision of this subsection must be accounted for in a report filed with the department on or before the tenth day of the month following the month of release. The report shall list the species, number captured and released, date and location of capture, date and location of release, and name and address of person authorized to release. (c) No person shall sell or export live fur-bearing animals outside this state without possessing a letter of authorization from the wildlife division. A request for authorization shall include written documentation verifying that the recipient of the live animals is in compliance with applicable regulations in the destination state. A copy of the completed authorization shall accompany the animals at all times during shipment or be attached to the shipping container used to export the animals.
Source Note: The provisions of this §65.378 adopted to be effective September 16, 1996, 21 TexReg 8520; amended to be effective October 21, 2003, 28 TexReg 9084