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Help ensure a future for mountain lions in Arkansas

In the box below you will find all the governing state statutes, mountain lion legal status, state laws, information about the state legislature, initiative and referendum processes, and the state wildlife agency, mountain lion management plans, mountain lion hunting laws, depredation laws, and other regulations as appropriate.

  • Return to the portal page for Arkansas.

  • The status of puma concolor in Arkansas.

  • State law and regulations affecting cougars.

  • The history of cougars in Arkansas.

  • Ecosystems and habitat in Arkansas.

  • Cougar science and research in Arkansas.

  • Our library of media, research and reports.

  • How you can take action to help!

Arkansas Cougar Laws and Regulations

Generally, treatment of wildlife in the State of Arkansas is governed by the Arkansas Code – the state’s collection of all current laws passed by its legislature. Since our summary below may not be completely up to date, you should be sure to review the most current law for the State of Arkansas.

Arkansas does not maintain a state-managed website for the publication of its laws. Instead, the state contracts with a private company, LexisNexis, to publish its legal code online. The Arkansas Code can be found here.
These statutes are searchable.


Arkansas’ wildlife regulations can be found in the Arkansas Administrative Rules - the state’s collection of all its agencies’ rules. The regulations are set by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. In order to find the regulations, search for regulations by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission also maintains a helpful webpage that contains its regulations as they are updated.

The Legislature

The Arkansas General Assembly is the state’s bicameral law-making body. The lower chamber – the House of Representatives - is composed of 100 members who serve 2-year terms. Arkansas Representatives are limited to 3 terms. The upper chamber – the Senate - consists of 35 members who serve 4-year terms. Arkansas state senators may only serve 2 terms. If you do not know in which state legislative district you live, the state links to this to help you find your district. If you already know the names of your state legislators, you can contact your member of the Arkansas House of Representatives here and your state senator here.

State law requires the General Assembly to convene regular sessions at noon on the second Monday in January in each odd-numbered year. In even-numbered years, the legislature must meet at noon on the second Monday in February for a fiscal session. The Arkansas Constitution limits the duration of legislative sessions. Regular sessions may not exceed 60 calendar days unless two-thirds of the members of each chamber vote to extend the session. The regular session may not be extended beyond 75 calendar days unless three-fourths of the members of each chamber vote for the extension. Fiscal sessions may not exceed 30 calendar days unless three-fourths of the members of each chamber vote to extend the session. A fiscal session may be extended once for no more than 15 days.

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Environmental Scorecard

League of Conservation Voters

The League of Conservation Voters' scorecard considers the State Legislature's environmental records since 1971. It quantifies the environmental votes of each individual legislator — an important first step in considering accountability — and provides critical qualitative assessments as well. The scorecard will help you to know your legislator before you write a letter in support of cougars.

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Becoming a Mountain Lion Activist

There are lots of opportunities to take action!

Are you new to mountain lion activism? You want to change your local environment to improve it for cougars... but you don't know how to start. You may feel like you are all alone... but it takes just one person to change the attitudes and lifestyles of hundreds of others. You don't need to belong to a group. It doesn't take special skills or superhuman abilities. You just need to care enough about cougars to want to help them survive. You've already done the hard part, now let us help you with the next step.

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Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

Commonly abbreviated as: AGFC

Jeff Crow, Director

Main Office:
2 Natural Resources Dr.
Little Rock, AR 72205

Large Carnivore Program Coordinator
Myron Means

Please write to the director and express your concern for lions in Arkansas.

Thank the agency when they take steps to protect our state's cougars. When they fall short of expectations, politely ask for policy reform and more officer training.



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