There goes my dreams of owning a liger and a monkey.

Illinois has a pretty strict policy and ban on private ownership of exotic animals. This includes non-domesticated felines, wolves, bears, reptiles and non-human primates.

Illinois Law according to BornFreeUSA.org reads:

Summary of Law: No person may harbor, care for, act as a custodian, or maintain in his possession any "dangerous animals" or primate except at a properly maintained zoological park, federally licensed exhibit, circus, scientific institution, research laboratory, veterinary hospital or animal refuge... Persons who had lawful possession of a primate before Jan. 1, 2011, from continuing to possess that primate if the person registers the animal by providing written notification to the local animal control administrator on or before April 1, 2011. There are no state requirements for a person possessing other exotic species not defined as "dangerous animals."

So what are these "dangerous animals?" Here's a handy list:

 

  • Pieter-Pieter, ThinkStock
    1

    Lion

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    2

    Tiger

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    3

    Leopard

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    4

    Ocelot

  • Three Lions, Getty Images
    5

    Jaguar

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    6

    Cheetah

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    7

    Margay

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    8

    Mountain Lion

  • Morozova Tatiana, ThinkStock
    9

    Lynx

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    10

    Bobcat

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    11

    Jaguarundi

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    12

    Bear

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    13

    Hyena

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    14

    Wolf

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    15

    Coyote

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    16

    Poisonous Life-Threatening Animal