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All cervids appear to be legal in Illinois, only immigration permits and health screenings required to import them into the state as they are considered livestock. It appears that the Illinois Dangerous Animals Act (720 ILCS 585/) detailing the crimes of pet ownership was repealed by P.A. 97-1108. So what you can and can`t own there (or at least what you`re in trouble for if you do) is a bit more convoluted. As tempting as it may be to bring the baby deer home, you should let it be. If you encounter a baby deer that seems to be abandoned in the forest, the best thing to do is to leave the fawn alone. Baby deer do not smell yet, so often that predators do not know they are there. Baby deer have excellent camouflage, so a baby left alone is usually very safe. There is a good chance that the mother deer simply moved away from her baby so that she could eat. Never try to touch or handle the baby deer, as there is a risk of transmitting your scent and germs to the fawn. White-tailed deer have the darkest colored fur of the three most common deer species and have a black tail that stands out from its dark brown body.

These deer are also the smallest of the three deer species, typically weighing only about 100 to 150 pounds. Montana law defines many types of wild animals as alternative animals. These include native caribou, white-tailed deer, mule deer, moose, moose, antelope, mountain sheep, mountain goat, reindeer, pig, hippos, yaks and bison. A handful of states have specifically written laws regarding pet deer. Arkansas allows pet deer if the animal was captured by hand before 2012. A deer can be kept as a pet in Idaho as long as a special permit is obtained. North Dakota also requires a special permit to keep deer. In Ohio, it is only legal to keep red deer and white-tailed deer if the person harbors the animal to raise and breed the species and not keep the animals as pets. Even if it is used for propagation in Ohio, a special license is required. You may have heard from someone that exotic animals or so-called “wild animals” are illegal to own as pets, but that`s exactly like saying it`s illegal to hunt animals – that`s not entirely true. We know, of course, that it depends on which animal you`re talking about (and when).

Some animals require special permits for hunting, and these rules vary from state to state. The laws for exotic animals are similar in that you may need a license to own them, and the rules vary from state to state. The fact is that no state technically bans all animals that fall under the exotic or even “wild” designation. With the exception of Hawaii, a group of small islands with exceptionally fragile ecosystems, all states allow high numbers of reptiles and birds. But when most people assume that “exotic” pets are illegal, they often think of mammals, and then restrictions start pouring in. Can anyone tell me if prairie dogs are legal in Illinois? I Want One – No Pets: Bears, Monkeys, Wolves, and Other Live Wildlife Alaska is one of many states that regulate exotic pet ownership through permits. Live bears, monkeys, wolves and wild animals are prohibited. Alaska will not issue permits for the “capture, possession, import or export of wildlife” for use as pets. But some animals can be owned as pets, such as reindeer, llamas and one-humped camels (dromedaries), as long as they are not released into the wild. Some species may be released temporarily for hunting or falcon training. The possession of large carnivores such as lions, tigers and bears is illegal, as are monkeys, baboons and macaques. There is also a limit of six animals per owner for bobcats, squirrels, rabbits, raccoons, quail, opossums, coyotes, deer, red foxes and gray foxes.

If you acquired an animal in another state, you must prove that it was acquired legally. Permits are required to own or breed wildlife in Maine. You must not own deer, bears, moose or wild turkeys. Other prohibited animals include lion, cheetah, wolf, monkey, camel, alligator, black parakeet and Mute swan. If you have permits, you can keep emu, pet ferrets, sugar gliders and chinchillas. Permits are required for the importation, transportation and possession of illegally possessed wildlife. Potential owners of “dangerous wildlife” (including bears, big cats and great apes) must obtain a registration certificate for that animal issued by an animal registration authority (Texas Health and Safety Code 822.101). Many other rules apply.

However, there are many animals in Texas that are completely legal, and these include capybaras, lemurs, gins, and small wild felidae.

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