These are animals you aren't allowed to own as normal residents in Illinois.

Pets I Wanted As A Kid

Growing up, I remember always wanting to go to the pet store in my hometown with my parents. It's because they had a monkey.

I asked for a pet monkey, but of course, they said no. My Dad said it was illegal to own one unless you were someplace special like a pet shop or zoo.

When I got older, I saw the movie "Scarface." I thought it would be so cool to own a tiger. I don't think the city would let me keep one in my backyard.

That made me think. What animals are not allowed?

Animals Not Allowed As Pets In Illinois

According to,

"Pets banned in every state."

What about for Illinois?

Banned Pets.

  • Big cat species
  • Wolves
  • Jaguars
  • Poisonous life-threatening reptiles

"Illinois prohibits the ownership of designated “dangerous” animals with the exception of zoos, federally licensed exhibits, circuses, scientific or educational institutions, research laboratories, veterinary hospitals, or animal refuges."

Here Are Some More Dangerous Pets

The following animals are considered dangerous under state law.

  • Lion
  • Tiger
  • Leopard
  • Ocelot
  • Jaguar
  • Cheetah
  • Margay
  • Mountain lion
  • Lynx
  • Bobcat
  • Jaguarundi
  • Bear
  • Hyena
  • Wolf
  • Coyote
  • Any poisonous or life-threatening reptile

"Violations of this law can result in a misdemeanor charge."

Well, there goes my idea of getting a pet bobcat and naming it Goldthwait.

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