Soon S.C. will no longer allow lions, tigers, and bears as household pets

FILE - In this Monday, July 6, 2015 file photo, a lion prowls for potential prey in the afternoon near to a river in the Maasai Mara, south-western Kenya. A wildlife official said Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015 that Maasai herdsmen have been arrested for allegedly poisoning lions in the Maasai Mara Game Reserve after the lions killed two of their cows, with the men suspected of poisoning meat which they set up for the lions to eat. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)

(WJBF) – Soon South Carolina will no longer allow lions, tigers, and bears to be pets.

The law goes into effect at the beginning of next year.

It will make it illegal to own exotic animals such as tigers, bears, lions, gorillas and chimpanzees.

Although, no one has been killed by wild pets lawmakers say it is about preventing if from happening.

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