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KANSAS LAW AFFECTING LIONS

Whether transient or resident, mountain lions are back in Kansas. Let's protect them!


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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Kansas Cougar Laws and Regulations


Species Status


Mountain lions in Kansas are considered nongame species. Most biologists believe that it is young males that are passing through nearby states from already established populations, mountain lions sightings in Kansas are only occasional.

Visit the Kansas state website for further details.

The Legislature


Kansas legislature consists of 125 members of the House of Representatives, and 40 Senate members. House members are elected for a two year term and senators are elected for a four year term. Legislature convenes on the second Monday in January annually and adjourns in early May.

You can find all information about history, management, meetings, and events on their website, which can be found here for further details.

You can also find additional information here.

State Law


You can find information about treatment of wildlife on the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism website under Law Enforcement Regulations for a list of different regulation categories. There is a link that is given on the website that takes you to the Kansas Legislature that gives a full list of statues regarding wildlife. KDWPT statues are primarily listed in chapter 32. Visit the Kansas state website for further details.

Poaching


The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks program offers an Operation Game Thief program that helps t urn in poachers of wildlife, they have a toll free phone number that can be accessed to report any suspicious activities.


Visit the Kansas state website for further details.

Visit the Kansas state website for further details about fines violating wildlife regulations.

Hunting Laws


Since there is no resident population of mountain lions in the state, currently there are no hunting laws for mountain lions in Kansas. Kan. Admin. Regs. section 115-16-6(d)) states that "It is unlawful for any person to hunt, fish, fur harvest or take any wildlife in this state by any means or manner."

Depredation


Mountain lions are only allowed to be killed if they pose a threat to human safety or the safety of pets or livestock. Regulations (Kan. Admin. Regs. section 115-16-6(a)-(c)); state that certain individuals may apply for a wildlife control permit, which authorizes them to "take, transport, release, and euthanize wildlife," including "nongame mammals" such as cougars, when: (i) the wildlife is found in or near buildings; (ii) the wildlife is destroying or about to destroy property; or (iii) the wildlife is creating a public health or safety hazard or other nuisance. But, the landowner must take reasonable measures to alleviate the situation before resorting to killing the animal.

In addition, Kan. Admin. Regs. section 116-16-1 states that "[a]ny owner or operator of land used for agricultural purposes" may apply for a permit to use a cyanide gas gun "in an authorized wildlife control program for the purpose of livestock protection."

The regulations (Kan. Stat. Ann. section 32-955(a)) also state that: a wildlife damage control permit also may be obtained to use sodium fluoracetate, which must be approved by an extension specialist in wildlife damage control at Kansas State University.


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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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Robin Jennison, Secretary

Main Office:
1020 S. Kansas, Rm 200
Topeka, KS 66612-1327
(785) 296-2281


Wildlife Research Biologist
Matt Peek
PO Box 1525
Emporia, KS 66801
matt.peek@ksoutdoors.com
(620) 342-0658

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

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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