Mountain Lions in Arkansas are classified as nongame wildlife and may not be hunted.
While Arkansas endangered species laws are designed to preserve nongame species,
mountain lions are not currently listed as such.
Poaching laws in Arkansas provide some legal protection for mountain lions, but the state does not have a law or regulation that defines a penalty for killing a nongame animal. Therefore, the penalty for illegally taking a mountain lion depends on whether the court opts to treat the lion as big or small game. The most severe penalty arises from the court treating the poached lion as big game.