Wallabies and hedgehogs are officially off the hook.

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resource's Wildlife Board has approved revised rules for collection, importation and transportation of wildlife. And those rules say it's all right for Utahns to have wallabies and hedgehogs as pets.Last month, the division proposed a ban on hedgehogs, spiny little cousins to the porcupine, and wallabies, a smaller version of a kangaroo.

Under the new rules, which take effect April 3, Utah will ban javelinas, alligators, the Pacific chorus frog and burrowing asps as pets, and elk ranching will be forbidden.

The rules, adopted Thursday, say it will be unlawful to collect, import and transport animals if there is a possible ecological or environmental impact on other states.

The DWR can track down violators and charge them with crimes ranging from a class B misdemeanor, punishable by up to six months in jail and a $5,000 fine, to a third-degree felony, with a maximum sentence of 0 to 5 years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

T. Jeff Richards, the division's administrative rules coordinator, said simple possession of a forbidden animal could mean a misdemeanor. If other elements are found, such as wanton destruction of protected wildlife, felonies could result.

The bans earlier proposed for hedgehogs and wallabies were controversial among owners of such pets.

The board decided that since neither can survive Utah winters to promulgate a federal population, no regulations are needed, said Jody Williams, chairwoman of the Wildlife Board.

The ban on game ranching of elk is to protect the genetic integrity of the American elk.