Can You Actually Own a Kangaroo Without a Permit in Wisconsin?

A lot of people are distracting themselves from the electoral map with a map of where it’s legal to own a kangaroo.

If you’ve been obsessively refreshing Twitter waiting for the next election update, your fingers sweaty, your head aching, your mind lost, you may have stumbled upon one small island of humor and novelty in that sea of impotence and pain.

This alternative to the red-and-blue hellscape we’ve all been staring at since Tuesday evening reveals that good-old Wisconsin is one of only three states not requiring a permit to own a kangaroo, the other two being South Carolina and West Virginia.


Sorry, I can’t say that state’s name without following up with that. Ok, let’s continue this lighthearted article with some facts.



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This map did the rounds on the internet last year, and local newspaper people at the Journal Sentinel did a little good old-fashioned digging, and found the truth behind the lies.

It is true that you can own a Kangaroo without a permit in the state of Wisconsin – the decision is left up to local governments.

But that means that if you live in Janesville, no kangaroo for you. They ban the ownership of exotic animals. Milwaukee does not, although they do ban animals that tend to attack human beings (like tigers), and kangaroos do have a nasty spin kick, according to Kangaroo Jack.

Plus, Wisconsin requires a permit to bring kangaroos into the state. So that kind of screws up this whole permit-free kangaroo-owning fantasy, unless you literally find a kangaroo somewhere in Racine and claim it as your own. Otherwise, you’ll probably have to bring it here from somewhere else, and that will require a permit.

So that’s today’s fun news. Back to the anxiety-inducing stuff.



Archer is the managing editor at Milwaukee Magazine. Some say he is a great warrior and prophet, a man of boundless sight in a world gone blind, a denizen of truth and goodness, a beacon of hope shining bright in this dark world. Others say he smells like cheese.