Can You Have a Pet Deer?

Is it illegal to have deer as a pet?

In NSW you need a licence to keep most native animals as pets. Not all native animals can be kept as pets, but some species which have been bred in captivity can be kept. None of these animals may be caught in the wild. … You must obtain your licence before you start keeping any native animals as a pet.

Can deer be good pets?

Even when bred in captivity, deer do not make good pets. While they can be tamed, and they are small, manageable and adorable at first, they become unmanageable and wary as they mature. Domesticated deer may attack humans during mating season, and they can also turn dangerous to protect their young.

Is it legal to raise a deer?

Many people find white-tailed deer beautiful and wish to rescue or keep them as pets. However, keeping wild deer is both illegal and dangerous. Even the act of moving tame or captive-reared deer may transmit harmful diseases to wild and domesticated animals and even to humans.

Why is it illegal to keep a deer as a pet?

Many wild animals carry zoonotic diseases (illnesses that can be transferred from animals to humans), such as Brucellosis, Salmonella and Ringworm. They often carry parasites, as well, that can be transmitted to humans or other pets. Any way you look at it, keeping a wild animal as a pet is a dangerous proposition.