Lions, tigers and bears? Possibly.
Beatrice residents will soon be allowed to keep unusual, or exotic, pets — once they get a permit — using a newly-adopted system.
The city council will have the final say on permit requirements on a case-by-case basis, according to council president Alan Fetty.
Fetty says the permit process will involve a hearing, input from neighbors, types of animal enclosures, inspections and a veterinary check of the animal, among other things.
Fetty wants to see the definition of exotic animal narrowed to species that are not native to the region, rather than the U-S, as a whole.
City attorney Tobias Tempelmeyer says approval for keeping an unusual animal would require a three-fourths vote of the council, meaning six of eight members would have to approve.
The permits will cost $25 per animal and will be good for one year. Officials acknowledge they may never find out about some exotic animals that are kept indoors, within the city.
Doug Kennedy, KWBE, Beatrice