Ferrets (Mustela furo) are a Class 1 declared pest animal in Queensland. Class 1 pests established in Queensland are subject to eradication from the state. It is a serious offence to introduce, keep or supply a Class 1 pest without a permit issued by the Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries. Penalties of up to $60,000 apply.
It is also an offence to release a Class 1 animal into the environment. Other Australian states also have restrictions on keeping ferrets as pets.
Ferrets are slender-bodied carnivorous mammals that are native to Europe. They are a descendant of the polecat and a member of the mustelid family, which includes stoats, weasels, badgers, skunks, otters and minks.
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