Exotic Animals Find Homes in SD Backyards



SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Animal Industry Board’s licensing database shows that South Dakotans are providing homes to some interesting animals – including Siberian tigers and a black bear.
In the small town of Delmont, with a population of about 230 residents, one home has five tigers, a leopard and a mountain lion.
The database also shows there are bobcats licensed in White River, Piedmont and Monroe; wolves in Keystone and Whitewood, and the black bear in Beresford.
Sioux Falls resident Lori Welbig keeps a half-dozen silver foxes in a large outdoor pen. She says people keep exotic animals to “preserve the species.”
State veterinarian Dustin Oedekoven tells the Argus Leader that there are additional licensing and inspection requirements for “captive nondomestic mammals,” and that some permit requests are declined.

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  1. Preserve the species my ***

    People should not be allowed to own exotic species. Most do not properly care for them, nor providing adequate enclosures. Any state that allows this is stupid in the extreme.

  2. get a real life

  3. who would let exotic live in thier property in a cage,you ppl are stupid..i watched enough animal planet to know they do and will turn on thier owners,the state of south dakota is not real bright…………..