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Wildlife Don’t Make Good Pets

Sometimes people find wildlife that they would like to keep as a pet. What they may not know is that in most cases it is illegal to keep wildlife as a pet in Illinois. This is because most wildlife in Illinois are protected by the Wildlife Code, and they cannot be kept in captivity without a permit.

This rule is to protect people and wildlife.

If you have found an injured or orphaned animal, it is best to contact a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. For more information or permit requests, CONTACT the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

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