The short answer isno. Having an owl as a pet is neither recommended nor encouraged by animal rehab workers, avian experts, and others in the field of owl care. No matter how cute they might be, having a barn owl–or any pet owl–is unfortunately less than ideal for many reasons.
People also ask
Do you need a permit to keep an owl as a pet?
Pennsylvania 鈥?You need a permit for your owl. Rhode Island 鈥?As long as you can prove that you can take good care of your owl, you can keep it. South Carolina 鈥?If your owl is a native animal, you need a permit before you can call it your pet.
Do owls like to be petted?
Owls don鈥檛 like to be petted. Petting or cuddling an owl makes them uncomfortable. As a result, they may react to get more space and can hurt you, whether they mean to or not, using their beak or talons. Owls don鈥檛 like eating commercial feeds. Many other pet birds eat commercially processed feeds.
Can you take an owl with you on a plane?
You can’t just take the owl with you (especially since in the United States permits are usually needed every time you cross state lines.) It takes a trained person to take care of an owl, and if you have a human-imprinted owl, they may be aggressive with anyone else who comes to take care of them.
Can you have an owl as a pet in Texas?
Texas 鈥?You might need a license to own a pet, depending on how dangerous your owl is. Utah 鈥?You can try applying for a permit to own an owl, but the state only approves exotic animals in rare instances. Vermont 鈥?You cannot get an owl except for educational purposes.