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(a) As used in this section, "wild and exotic animals" means and specifically includes the following:
(1) All poisonous snakes; badgers, bears and beavers; canids (e.g. wolves, foxes, coyotes, jackals, dingos); civet cats, constrictor snakes exceeding six feet in length; crocodilians (e.g. alligators, crocodiles, caimans, cavials); falconiformes (e.g. eagles, hawks, owls); felids (e.g. lions, tigers, leopards, cheetahs, jaguars, pumas, lynx, ocelots); hyenas, marsupials (e.g. opossums, tasmanian wolves, kangaroos, koalas, wombats); muskrats; ostriches; porcupines; primates (nonhuman, e.g. apes, monkeys of a species whose average adult weight is twenty pounds or more, baboons, chimpanzees, gibbons, gorillas, orangutans, siamangs); procyonids (e.g. raccoons, coatis, kinkajous, ring-tailed cats, pandas); sharks; elephants; zebras; tapirs; rhinoceroses; camels; llamas; caribous; antelope; bison; reindeer; deer; giraffes; hippopotamuses; wild boars; gazelles; gnus; water buffalos; wart hogs; weasels; and wolverines; and
(2) Any other wild or exotic animal that is not naturally tame or gentle, but is of a wild nature or disposition, and which, because of its size, vicious nature or other characteristics, would constitute a danger to human life or property if it escaped from secure quarters.
(b) No person shall keep or permit to be kept on property owned, leased or controlled by him or her any wild or exotic animal.
(c) Division (b) of this section shall not apply to medical or educational institutions, nor to zoological parks conforming to all applicable State and Municipal regulations, including, without limitation, the following:
(1) Their location conforms to applicable provisions of the Zoning Code of the City.
(2) All animals and animal quarters are kept in a clean and sanitary condition and so maintained as to eliminate objectionable odors.
(3) Animals are maintained in quarters so constructed as to prevent their escape.
(4) No person lives or resides within 100 feet of the quarters in which the animals are kept.
(d) Any person keeping a wild or exotic animal in violation of this section shall forfeit the animal. A forfeited animal shall be disposed of by either removal of the animal to a location suitable to the animal's survival, where the animal will not pose a threat to humans, and where such removal will not violate applicable law; by giving the animal to a zoological park; or by releasing the animal to the County Dog Warden for further disposition.
(e) Whoever violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor of the third degree.
(Ord. 79-1984. Passed 1-28-85.)