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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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  • The status of puma concolor in Indiana.

  • State law and regulations affecting cougars.

  • The history of cougars in Indiana.

  • Ecosystems and habitat in Indiana.

  • Cougar science and research in Indiana.

  • Our library of media, research and reports.

  • How you can take action to help!

Indiana Cougar Laws and Regulations

Generally, treatment of wildlife in the State of Indiana is governed by the Indiana 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 Indiana.

You can check the statutes directly at a state-managed website
These statutes are searchable. Be sure to use the name "mountain lion" in order to accomplish your searches.

You may also use Findlaw for Legal Professionals at this website

Indiana’s wildlife regulations can be found in Title 312: Natural Resources Commission of the Indiana Administrative Code – the state’s collection of all current agency regulations. The regulations are written by the Indiana Natural Resources Commission.

The Legislature

The Indiana General Assembly is the state’s bicameral legislature. 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 Republican Party has controlled the Indiana Senate since at least 1992. The State of Indiana maintains this webpage to help you contact your state legislators.

State law requires the legislature to convene on the third Tuesday after the first Monday in November in even-numbered years in order to organize itself. The legislature then adjourns until no later than the second Monday in January of the following year. Regular sessions in odd-numbered years must adjourn before April 29. In odd-numbered years, the legislature must convene on the third Tuesday after the first Monday in November and then adjourn until no later than the second Monday in January of the following year. Regular sessions in even-numbered years must adjourn no later than March 14. The Indiana Constitution allows the governor to call special sessions of the legislature. State law limits special sessions to 30 session days over a period of 40 days from the day on which the session was called.

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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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Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Commonly abbreviated as: INDNR

?, Director

Main Office:

Department of Natural Resources
402 West Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204 (317) 232-4200

Wildlife Biologist

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

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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