Animals That Are Illegal to Own as Pets in the United States

Owning pure wolves is prohibited in the US. This is because wolves cannot be domesticated, even if raised alongside people from birth.


Lion owners had 180 days to register their pets with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or risk penalties or jail time.


You can own a pet alligator in Florida with a license.


First, a skunk's scent glands should be removed to prevent it from spraying its odor around the premises.


Most deer, including red and white-tailed deer, are banned to own as pets in the U.S. 


It is against the law in the United States to keep a venomous snake, even if the venom is removed.


Unless you live in Alabama, Nevada, North Carolina, South Carolina, or Wisconsin, you cannot privately possess a bobcat.


Alabama, Missouri, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, and Tennessee all make it unlawful to own a black bear. 


Most states allow zebra ownership, however Nevada, New Hampshire, and Washington D.C. do not. 


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