You Can Own Reindeer In Grand Junction But Probably Shouldn’t
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.
|Ass and donkey||Equus asinus|
|Camel||Camelus bactrianus and Camelus dromedarius|
|Cats||Felis catus, including hybrids with wild felids|
|Cattle||Bos taurus and Bos indicus|
|Dogs||Canis familiaris, including hybrids with wild canids|
|Ducks||Anatidae, distinguishable morphologically from wild birds|
|European ferrets||Mustela putorius|
|Fowl (Guinea)||Numida meleagris|
|Geese||Anatidae, distinguished morphologically from wild birds|
|Horses||Equus callabus and hybrids with Equus asinus|
|Pig (Guinea)||Cavia pocellus|
|Rabbits (European)||Oryctolagus cuniculus|
|Rats||Rattus novegicus and Rattus rattus|
|Swine||Sus scofa domestica|
|Turkeys||Meleagris gallopavo, distinguished morphologically from wild birds|
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.