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It’s illegal to own these animals as pets in Illinois

Pets are a great addition to any home, but some Illinoisans might be curious to know if there are any animals they aren’t allowed to own as pets.

While certain animals require a permit to own, such as a raccoon, others are considered dangerous by Illinois law and are illegal to own in any capacity.

The state law specifies, “no person shall have a right of property in, keep, harbor, care for, act as custodian of or maintain in his or her possession any dangerous animal or primate except at a properly maintained zoological park, federally licensed exhibit, circus, college or university, scientific institution, research laboratory, veterinary hospital, hound running area, or animal refuge in an escape-proof enclosure.” 

According to that law, these are the dangerous animals Illinoisans are not allowed to own as pets:

  • Bears
  • Lions
  • Tigers
  • Leopards
  • Ocelots
  • Jaguars
  • Cheetahs
  • Margays
  • Cougars
  • Lynx
  • Bobcats
  • Jaguarundis
  • Wolves
  • Coyotes
  • Hyenas
  • Venomous medically significant reptiles
  • Flying fox
  • Mongoose
  • Meerkats
  • European rabbits
  • Indian wild hogs
  • Multimammate rats or mice
  • Raccoon dogs
  • Rosy pastors
  • Doiches
  • Java sparrows
  • Red-whiskered bul-buls
  • Snakeheads
  • Walking catfish
  • Ruffes
  • Silver carp
  • Bighead carp
  • Black carp
  • Round and tubenose gobies
  • Rudds (except Paul, if he needed a place to stay)
  • Stone morokos
  • Zanders
  • Wels catfish
  • Yabbies
  • Zebra mussels
  • Mitten crabs
  • Rusty crayfish
  • Filler shrimp
  • Golden mussels
  • Brown tree snakes

If you were planning on getting one of these animals as a pet, we’re sorry to be the bearer of bad news…