One of the best things about living in the Grand Valley is the incredibly diverse animals that call this area home. Most people understand that it's not safe to have a bear as a pet. But, did you know that it's actually legal to own reindeer in Colorado.

Here's the list of animals that are considered domestic from the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website. Notice the one animal I have highlighted.

Common Name
Alpaca Lama pocos
Ass and donkey Equus asinus
Bison Bison bison
Camel Camelus bactrianus and Camelus dromedarius
Cats Felis catus, including hybrids with wild felids
Cattle Bos taurus and Bos indicus
Chickens Gallus gallus
Chinchilla Chinchilla lanigera
Dogs Canis familiaris, including hybrids with wild canids
Ducks Anatidae, distinguishable morphologically from wild birds
Emu Dromiceius spp.
European ferrets Mustela putorius
Fowl (Guinea) Numida meleagris
Geese Anatidae, distinguished morphologically from wild birds
Gerbils Meriones unguiculatus
Goats Capra hircus
Hamsters Mesocricetus spp.
Horses Equus callabus and hybrids with Equus asinus
Llama Lama glama
Mice Mus musculus
Mink Mustela vison
Ostrich Struthio camelus
Peafowl Pavo cristatus
Pig (Guinea) Cavia pocellus
Pigeons Columba livia
Rabbits (European) Oryctolagus cuniculus
Rats Rattus novegicus and Rattus rattus
Rhea Rhea americana
Reindeer Rangifer tarandus
Sheep Ovis aries
Swine Sus scofa domestica
Turkeys Meleagris gallopavo, distinguished morphologically from wild birds
Yak Bos grunniens


How would you like to party with your friend that owns the reindeer or yak? I'm not kidding. It's happened in Finland.

And, it's happened in Alaska.

Do you think it's a good idea to have a reindeer as a pet? Or, do you already have a reindeer as a pet? If so, can I come over? I've always wanted to play frisbee with a reindeer.