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DOI/FWS RIN: 1018-BH23 Publication ID: Fall 2023 
Title: Implementing the Big Cat Public Safety Act 

FWS amended the implementing regulations for the Captive Wildlife Safety Act by incorporating the requirements of the Big Cat Public Safety Act (BCPSA), which was signed into law on December 20, 2022. To further the conservation of certain wildlife species (lions, tigers, leopards, snow leopards, clouded leopards, jaguars, cheetahs, and cougars, or any hybrids thereof), the BCPSA made certain activities with these species unlawful. The BCPSA also required certain entities or individuals to register each such animal with the Service not later than June 18, 2023, to continue to possess these animals.

Agency: Department of the Interior(DOI)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 50 CFR 14   
Legal Authority: Pub. L. 117–243   
Legal Deadline:
Action Source Description Date
Final  Statutory    06/18/2023 
Action Date FR Cite
Interim Final Rule  06/12/2023  88 FR 38358   
Interim Final Rule Effective  06/12/2023 
Interim Final Rule Comment Period End  08/11/2023 
Final Action  02/00/2024 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Naimah Aziz
Manager, Division of Management Authority
Department of the Interior
United States Fish and Wildlife Service
International Affairs, 5275 Leesburg Pike, MS:IA,
Falls Church, VA 22041-3808
Phone:571 218-5019