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.
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 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.