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For people and cougars, Georgia needs a mountain lion management plan

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 Georgia.

  • The status of puma concolor in Georgia.

  • State law and regulations affecting cougars.

  • The history of cougars in Georgia.

  • Ecosystems and habitat in Georgia.

  • Cougar science and research in Georgia.

  • Our library of media, research and reports.

  • How you can take action to help!

Georgia Cougar Laws and Regulations

Generally, treatment of wildlife in the State of Georgia is governed by the Official Code of Georgia Annotated - 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 Georgia.

Georgia does not maintain a state-managed website for its legal code. Instead, the state contracts with a private company, LexisNexis, to publish its legal code online.
These statutes are searchable. Be sure to use the name “cougar” to accomplish your searches.


Georgia’s wildlife regulations can be found in Chapter 391: Georgia Department of Natural Resources of the Rules and Regulations of the State of Georgia – the state’s collection of all its agencies’ policies. The regulations are set by the Georgia Board of Natural Resources.

The Legislature

The Georgia General Assembly is a part-time, bicameral legislature. The lower chamber – the House of Representatives – is made up of 180 members who serve 2-year terms. The Republican Party has controlled the Georgia House of Representatives since 2005. The upper chamber – the Senate – consists of 56 members who also serve 2-year terms. The Republican Party has controlled the Georgia Senate since 2003. You may contact your member of the Georgia House of Representatives here and your Georgia state senator here.

The Georgia Constitution requires regular sessions of the Georgia General Assembly to begin on the second Monday in January of each year. Regular sessions may last no longer than 40 days each year. The governor may call special sessions at his or her discretion, or upon the receipt of a petition for a special session from three-fifths of the members of each legislative chamber. The Georgia General Assembly may call itself into special session if the governor fails to act within three days of receiving the legislature’s petition. Special sessions are limited to 40 days unless three-fifths of the members of each chamber vote to extend the session and the governor approves the extension.

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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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Georgia Wildlife Resource Division.

Commonly abbreviated as: GWRD


Main Office:
2067 U.S. Hwy. 278, SE
Social Circle, GA, 30025
(770) 761-3035

Chief Wildlife Biologist

2067 U.S. Hwy. 278, SE
Social Circle, GA, 30025
(770) 761-3035

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

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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