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CONNECTICUT LAW AFFECTING LIONS

Preventing encounters and depredation opportunities must happen now.


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.

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Connecticut Cougar Laws and Regulations


Generally, treatment of wildlife in the State of Connecticut is governed by the General Statutes of Connecticut – the state’s collection of its current laws. 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 Connecticut.

You can check the statutes directly at a state-managed website
These statutes are searchable. Be sure to use the name “puma” to accomplish your searches. The phrases “potentially dangerous animal” and “endangered species” may also be useful in your research.

Connecticut’s wildlife regulations can be found in Title 26 – Fisheries and Game of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies – the state’s collection of all its agencies’ current regulations. The regulations are set by the state’s Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection.

The Legislature

The Connecticut General Assembly is the state’s bicameral legislature. The lower chamber – the House of Representatives – is made up of 151 members who serve 2-year terms. The Democratic Party has controlled the Connecticut House of Representatives since at least 1992. The upper chamber – the Senate – consists of 36 members who also serve 2-year terms. The Democratic Party has controlled the Connecticut Senate since 1997. The State of Connecticut maintains this webpage to help you contact your state legislators.

The Constitution of the State of Connecticut establishes when the state legislature is to convene in odd-numbered years. Regular sessions in odd-numbered years must begin at 10:00 am on the Wednesday following the first Monday of January. State law establishes when the legislature is to meet in even-numbered years. Regular sessions in even-numbered years must begin at 10:00 am on the Wednesday following the first Monday of February. According to the state constitution, each regular session must adjourn no later than the first Wednesday after the first Monday in June.
State law
allows a majority of the members of each legislative chamber to
call special sessions of the legislature. Neither the state
constitution nor state law appear to limit the duration of
special sessions other than stating that special sessions must
adjourn as soon as the business for which the session was
called has concluded.

The Connecticut General Assembly is the state’s bicameral legislature. The lower chamber – the House of Representatives – is made up of 151 members who serve 2-year terms. The Democratic Party has controlled the Connecticut House of Representatives since at least 1992. The upper chamber – the Senate – consists of 36 members who also serve 2-year terms. The Democratic Party has controlled the Connecticut Senate since 1997. The State of Connecticut maintains this webpage to help you contact your state legislators.

The Constitution of the State of Connecticut establishes when the state legislature is to convene in odd-numbered years. Regular sessions in odd-numbered years must begin at 10:00 am on the Wednesday following the first Monday of January. State law establishes when the legislature is to meet in even-numbered years. Regular sessions in even-numbered years must begin at 10:00 am on the Wednesday following the first Monday of February. According to the state constitution, each regular session must adjourn no later than the first Wednesday after the first Monday in June. State law
allows a majority of the members of each legislative chamber to
call special sessions of the legislature. Neither the state
constitution nor state law appear to limit the duration of
special sessions other than stating that special sessions must
adjourn as soon as the business for which the session was
called has concluded.


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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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Rick Jacobson, Director

Main Office:
79 Elm Street
Hartford, CT 06106
(860) 424-3011
Deep.wildlife@ct.gov


Bear Biologist
Jason Hawley
Connecticut Wildlife Division
Sessions Woods WMA
PO Box 1559
Burlington, CT 06013
jason.hawley@ct.gov
(860) 675-8130

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

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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