Just curious. I’ve heard of people owning owls and a friend said it was illegal.
well, not at Hogwarts it isn’t
Check with your local laws.
They are a protected species. It is illegal to own them.
make sure its not illegal in your county or state:
Many people think it would be fun to have an owl for a pet, especially after watching the Harry Potter movies or reading the books. Besides, doesn’t this photo of Alice and me look so sweet? How many times do you see Harry wiping up owl poop? Gutting dead animals? Do you see Hedwig having a conniption from being in such a small cage? Do the Weasleys take Errol to the veterinarian? Remember–that is FANTASY, not real life.
Yes it is illegal in most countries including the U.S. Tell Harry sorry.
What state are you in? What kind of owl? Couple states had featured Falconers using Owls instead because of less restriction on owning and using them to hunt. Wisconsin DNR has permit for rehabilitator for raptors- supposed to be simple for most Owls and some Hawks, harder for Eagles. Unless the Owl is on the protected species list the Federals don’t get involved, state laws can vary. Iowa- some people including sister had 1/2 pet hawks and owls with no paperwork. Illinois years back just wanted vet check in towns for common birds, town ordinance said if could keep or not, exotics were tighter regulation.
It is illegalized in most states, they are a protected species and should not be kept as pets. Unlike our common parakeets and cockatiels, the Owl is far from domesticated, and would have no good life in captivity.
The only way you could ever keep them is if you were licensed for it, and used them for educational purposes only, they would never be a ‘pet’.
With the proper premit you can own one of these creatures, they are very beauitful birds. But they are not for everyone, they require a lot of work. There are rescue orgnations that help these birds out. If you want to know more about these birds then jion one and learn from them..
m an expert on barn owls, without ever being near one.
It is absolutely against the law to confine, posses, handle, or harm any kind of wild pretected bird. It isn’t cool to have a pet owl–it is cool to protect one. You can volunteer at a nature rehabilitation clinic, where you might get to work with owls, eagles, hawks, and other fantastic birds of prey. In New York (upstate) the most famous Falconer (a person who raises birds of prey for hunting, sporting, and educational purposes) lives. His name is Jonathon Wood (i think), and I am sure that he has some mews that are open to the public. If you ever want to look into falconing, you would need a master falconer to take you on as an apprentice.
Owls are not meant to be kept as pets. They are meant to be admired, but not owned.
However, owls, hawks, eagles and other birds of prey are full-time jobs. You would need to feed them mice, rabbits, rats, and other rodents. Maybe even the occasional pheasent or snake. You would also need to take them out for excersize daily. In addition, the average owl’s territory is anywhere from 10 square acres to 100 square acres. Do you have that much land?
Falconing and bird rehabilitating is a full-time job. YOu can research it if you want to get into is seriously.
In the meantime, volunteer at your local wildlife or bird rehab, or even an audubon society if there is one nearby. You’ll get near to owls there.
It depends on the country you live in. It is illegal to keep an owl as a pet in the US and in Canada; but several types of owls may be owned and kept as pets in the UK.
In the US, all native migratory species are protected under federal law (Migratory Bird Treaty Act), and owls are further protected by various state and federal laws. It is illegal to keep a protected bird unless you have the required permits, and these permits are never given for the purpose of keeping an owl as a pet. Some people who may be licensed to keep owls (but NOT as pets) are licensed wildlife rehabilitators, certain ornithologists and wildlife biologists who demonstrate a need to have an owl for reseatch or educational purposes, certain zoos, and some falconers.
“According to the Owl Foundation:
“Can I buy an owl?
No. It is illegal to buy, sell or trade owls in Canada. In fact, without the proper permits, it is illegal to be in possession of any of our birds of prey (alive or dead). This includes feathers. Keeping owls requires not only permits, but a sound knowledge of owl requirements, species and Strigiforme life history.”
“Legal to Keep Owls in the U.K.
The concern has been an issue mainly in the United Kingdom, where it is legal to buy and keep owls. In the United States, keeping owls as pets is illegal under most circumstances due to their protection under various federal, state, and local laws, such as the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918.
In the United Kingdom, a snowy owl like Hedwig, who serves as Harry’s messenger/pet in the Harry Potter movie, can be bought for about 400 pounds (U.S. $576), said Thurston.”
I see you been doing some researching.
There are ways you may posses a owl.
Raptors in the UK can be perched from breeders ( captive breed birds only ) for about $500.00 and up.
It is illegal to take wild raptors in the UK
This applies to most other countries.
1) Falconry ~
In which case you have to have the proper Federal and State permits which require a two year apprenticeship under another falconer of a higher class ( general or master ) before you may take a owl. Most states will only allow the Great Horned Owls for falconry.
2) Education permit ~
Normally limited to Fish&Wildlife and/or education centers
3) Scintific Study Permit ~
Normaly limited to Universities
4) Propergation Permits~
Generaly only falconers or raptor centers apply
If you can afford it, you can perches a non-indigenous species from a breeder for about $5000.00 and up wth out federal and state permit requirments. However some cities have animal/wildlife restrictions, you may need to check city ordinances.
5) Rehabilation Permits~
For recover of injured or reasing orphened wildlife so they may be returnd to the wild
You can not take a injured or orphened owl from the wild and keep it. It has to be turned in the a wildlife office or rehabilator for rehibalation and returned to the wild.
All native Raptor species are protected under the “Migratory Bird Treaty Act” and any unlawful possession can result in stiff fines and/or imprisonment.
US Fish and Wildlife Serv. Interior
Title 50 CFR CH1
Subpart B General Requirements and Exceptions
21.11 General permit requirments
No person shall take, possess, import, export, transport, sell, purchase, barter, or offer for sale, purchase or barter, any migratory bird, or the parts, nests, or eggs of such bird except as may be permitted under the terms of a valid permit of this part and part 13, or as permitted by regulations in this part or part 20.
Owl’s are NOT pets !
They are natrul predators (hunters) and should not be treated as pets.
There is a lot of responsaibility when it comes to having a raptor.
I suggest, if you are intrested in raptors check to see if you have a state falconry club and speak with some of the members.
Falconry is allowed in every state other then Hawaii and most states have a state club.