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Montana Import Requirements

All animals entering Montana must have:

  1. A current Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI)
  2. An import permit.
  3. Met all animal health import requirements

Please select the species you are importing to find out about species specific import requirements including: CVI, permit, vaccination, testing, and identification requirements.

NOTE: Every effort is made to keep these requirements current and accurate. Please call the Department of Livestock at (406) 444-2043 during regular business hours (8 AM – 4:45 PM MST, Monday – Friday) for the latest information.

To obtain an import permit, please call the import line at (406) 444–2976. While the permit line is available to veterinarians 24 hours a day, seven days a week, not all permit types are available during non-business hours. Equine import permits are available online at animalhealthimports.mt.gov.

Livestock

Alternative Livestock

Poultry

Small Animals

Other

Prohibited Species

Addax
Alligator
Aoudad Sheep
Axis deer
Barbary sheep
Bats*
Bontebok
Brush-tailed possum
Chamois goat
Chimpanzee
Collared Peccary
European boar
Foxes*
Gemsbok
Grizzly Bears (brown bears)
Hartebeest
Ibex
Kangaroos
Macaque
Monkey
Moose
Mouflon sheep

Nutria
Opossum (Virginia or North American)
Oryx
Prairie Dogs
Primates
Raccoons*
Red deer
Reedbucks
Ringtail cat (Cacomistle or Miner’s cat)
Roe deer
Rusa deer
Russian boar
Sambar deer
Sassabies (blesbok topi)
Short-tailed opossum
Sika deer
Skunks*
Southern Flying Squirrel
Tahr (hemitraguis)
Wildebeest

*May be allowed for research, fur farm, exhibition under special permit from FWP in addition to CVI & Permit

If the species in question is not listed previously, or in the following two laws (see links below), then the species is prohibited for importation into the State of Montana. However, the import classification system is ongoing and subject to change. If in doubt, call (406) 444-2043.

http://leg.mt.gov/bills/mca/87/5/87-5-706.htm

http://leg.mt.gov/bills/mca/87/5/87-5-714.htm