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Most ADF&G website information and services will not be available on Sunday, October 11 as the State of Alaska will be doing planned maintenance in Juneau on that date between 5 am – 9 pm AKST. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Pets and Livestock
Disease Transmission

Alaska’s stringent laws on pets, livestock, and their importation were created in part to prevent the spread of disease and parasites between domesticated and wild organisms. Illegally keeping a wild species as a pet and then releasing it can cause the spread of a domestic species disease out into a wild population of fish or wildlife. The same thing can happen when infected livestock or pack animals are allowed to come into contact with their wild counterparts, or the habitats used by those animals.