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Wild animals as pets

There are many reasons that keeping wild animals as pets is not a good idea. In the first place, in almost every case, keeping a wild animal is illegal.

Native wildlife species are protected by state laws, federal laws, or both. All persons who possess certain wild animals in Indiana must obtain a permit for each animal they possess. A wild animal possession permit is required for Class I animals, eastern cottontail rabbit, gray squirrel, fox squirrel, southern flying squirrel; Class II animals, beaver, coyote, gray fox, red fox mink, muskrat, opossum, raccoon, skunk, weasel; and Class III animals, purebred wolves, bears, wild cats (excluding feral cats), venomous reptiles and crocodilians (at least 5 feet long).

In North America, hundreds of cases of human illness, injury and death have been attributed to the keeping of wild animals. The care and feeding of wild animals is not easy. Each animal requires special diets which is not easy to supply. For more information, visit this website: www.humanesociety.org/issues.

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