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 Iowa is governed by the Iowa Code – the state’s collection of 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 Iowa.
You can check the statutes directly at a state-managed website
These statutes are searchable. Be sure to use the keyword “cougar” to accomplish your searches. The phrase “dangerous wild animal” may also be useful in your searches.
Iowa’s regulations specific to mountain lions can be found in the Agriculture and Land Stewardship Department section of the Iowa Administrative Code – the state’s collection of all its agencies' policies. The rules in this section are established by the Iowa Secretary of Agriculture. The Natural Resource Commission section of the Iowa Administrative Code contains regulations on how animals may be legally hunted and trapped throughout the state. Although mountain lions are not mentioned specifically, mountain lion hunting and trapping are still governed by the state’s general regulations. These regulations are reviewed and approved by the Iowa Natural Resource Commission.
The Iowa General Assembly is the state’s bicameral law-making body. The lower chamber – the House of Representatives – consists of 100 members who serve 2-year terms. The upper chamber – the Senate – is made up of 50 members who serve 4-year terms. The state maintains this webpage to help you find and contact your state legislators.
The Iowa Constitution requires the General Assembly to convene annually on the second Monday of January. The General Assembly may call itself into a special session by submitting a written request signed by two-thirds of the members of each chamber to each chamber’s presiding officer. The governor may also call special sessions of the General Assembly. The state constitution does not limit the duration of either regular or special sessions.