SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Exotic pet permits are about to go extinct in Oregon.
The Oregon Department of Agriculture says that, beginning in January, the state will not issue any new permits while it phases out the old ones.
The agency is acting at the direction of the 2009 Legislature, which ordered the change to protect the public against health and safety risks posed to the community by exotic animals.
The list of exotic pets includes some bears, crocodiles and nonhuman primates, such as capuchin monkeys and chimpanzees.
Current owners will be able to keep their pets until the animal dies or is sold.