Can You Own a Tiger in Alberta?
Most wildlife and exotic animals are heavily restricted in Alberta. The Government of Alberta keeps a list of animals, broken down by species, that are regulated, and Tigers are currently on that list.
The list is animals that you can not privately own at all, or with very special permissions.
Some animals on the list can be owned with special documentation and licensing, but this is usually for zoos and wildlife conservation organizations.
Can I have a pet tiger in Alberta, Canada? No, you can not have a pet tiger in Alberta, Canada. They are listed as a controlled animal.
Review the Alberta controlled animals list here
Controlled “Big Cats” in Alberta
Section 40, under mammals (Family Felidae), you will find that all big cats (genus panthera), are controlled in Alberta. This includes tigers, leopards, jaguars, lions, and snow lions.
- Tigers are a controlled animal in Alberta and require special legal permissions to own. These permissions are typically for zoos and other professional animal welfare organizations.
- Other big cats, such as leopards, lions, and jaguars are also controlled in Alberta.
- Most cat-like animals are heavily restricted or regulated in the province of Alberta, outside of typical domesticated house cats.