ILLINOIS (NEXSTAR) – Pets are a great addition to any home, but some Illinoisans might be curious to know if there are any animals they aren’t allowed to own as pets.

While certain animals require a permit to own, such as a raccoon, others are considered dangerous by Illinois law and are illegal to own in any capacity.

The state law specifies, “no person shall have a right of property in, keep, harbor, care for, act as custodian of or maintain in his or her possession any dangerous animal or primate except at a properly maintained zoological park, federally licensed exhibit, circus, college or university, scientific institution, research laboratory, veterinary hospital, hound running area, or animal refuge in an escape-proof enclosure.” 

According to that law, these are the dangerous animals Illinoisans are not allowed to own as pets:


Male Lion, Kalahari, South Africa (Photo Credit: Getty Images)


Portrait of a Royal Bengal Tiger alert and Staring at the Camera. National Animal of Bangladesh (Photo Credit: Getty Images)


Leopard hunting in savannah (Photo Credit: Getty Images)


Ocelot rests on a tree. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)


Close-up view of a Jaguar (Panthera onca) (Photo Credit: Getty Images)


Portrait of a wild female cheetah (Photo Credit: Getty Images)


Margay, Leopardis wiedii, beautiful cat sitting on the branch in the tropical forest, Panama (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Mountain Lion

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Close-up portrait of a beautiful young Eurasian lynx or bobcat in the forest. Wild cat eyes looking into camera. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)


A bobcat on a rock in the snow. The bobcat is looking at the camera. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)


Jaguarundi, herpailurus yaguarondi, Adult standing on Branch (Photo Credit: Getty Images)


Close-up of female Eurasian brown bear (Ursos arctos) and her cubs in boreal forest, Finland. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)


Spotted hyena (Crocuta crocuta) on the Khwai River in Botswana, Africa, (Photo Credit: Getty Images)


Gray wolf, Canis lupus in winter forest background. Animal in the nature habitat (Photo Credit: Getty Images)


Coyote in nature during spring (Photo Credit: Getty Images)