The recent popularity of owning owls as pets has actually sparked an endangered owl crisis in India; many parents have been caught purchasing owls illegally to give to children as pets. As nocturnal birds, owls are most active at night and can be extremely destructive, according to the International Owl Center.
People can own various owls in the UK, but in the United States, you cannot own a snowy owl—or any other native owl—as a pet. They are federally protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Under the same law, you cannot even possess one of their feathers without a permit from the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service.
Can You Buy a Snowy Owl? The snowy owl is a protected species under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, so a person cannot legally purchase or own one in the United States. However, in some instances, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service may allow a licensed, trained individual to posses a snowy owl.
The only individuals allowed to care for owls are those people who have been trained and licensed as a rehabilitator, a breeder, or an educator. Even then, the owls are actually 'owned' by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, who can recall the bird at any time.
I completely understand your desire, but the idea simply has no merit. Owls do not “tame”; they cannot be tamed after a certain point as nestlings, and if gotten at a time when they can be imprinted, are still savage and unpredictable. The ones on...
Where can I buy a real live owl? ... alright, dont buy an owl. owls are hard to buy, you need a permit, and even harder to take care of. if you even get hold of an owl illigally it will be a horrendus burden on you. its like having a two year old, some people say, but its alot worse. like having sextuplet two year olds. #1.
You can't just go down to the local grocery store and buy Owl Chow. Owls are strict carnivores and require diets of whole animals for proper health. The Owl Center has chest freezers stocked with pocket gophers, rats, rabbits, and mice.
By adopting one of our owls, you will be helping with their care directly. We use every penny of your adoption donation for the care of our owls. As a registered charity we fully rely on donations for all areas of our work including rescuing owls, rehabilitating owls, educating about owls and also our extensive conservation work.
Owls are wildlife species, and you will need to be trained before you get a license to keep a native species in captivity.Only after being trained and licensed can you legally keep an owl. And even this licensing by the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) does not allow you to turn an owl into a domestic pet—only to serve as a rehab specialist.
In captivity, owls are fed whole, live (or frozen and thawed) mice, rats, and chicks. This type of prey-based diet (and the fact that you may have to hunt and gut this prey yourself) can be a logistical nightmare for bird owners and something that needs careful consideration.