DNR Spokesman Phil Bloom says the agency had regulated the animals through administrative rules.
Lawmaker fears wild animal ruling may threaten public safety →
"In any case, it would be someone's pet, since leopards are not native to Indiana, or for that matter, to North America," he said, adding that it's legal to own big cats in Indiana, but it requires a permit.
Bobcat shot in Ind. backyard turns out to be leopard →