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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 Kentucky.

  • State law and regulations affecting cougars.

  • The history of cougars in Kentucky.

  • Ecosystems and habitat in Kentucky.

  • Cougar science and research in Kentucky.

  • Our library of media, research and reports.

  • How you can take action to help!

Kentucky Cougar Laws and Regulations

Generally, treatment of wildlife in the Commonwealth of Kentucky is governed by the Kentucky Revised Statutes - 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 Kentucky.

You can check the statutes directly at a state-managed website
These statutes are searchable. Be sure to use the names “mountain lion” and/or “cougar” to accomplish your searches.

Kentucky’s wildlife regulations can be found in Title 301: Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources in the Kentucky Administrative Regulations - the state’s collection of all its agencies’ regulations. The regulations are written by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.

The Legislature

The Kentucky General Assembly is the state’s bicameral legislature. The lower chamber – the House of Representatives – is made up of 100 members who serve 2-year terms. The Democratic Party has controlled the Kentucky House of Representatives since at least 1992. The upper chamber – the Senate – consists of 38 members who serve 4-year terms. The Republican Party has controlled the Kentucky Senate since 2000. The legislature maintains this website to assist you in contacting your state legislators.

The Kentucky Constitution governs when the legislature must meet. In odd-numbered years, the legislature must convene a regular session on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in January in order to elect legislative leaders, adopt rules of procedure, organize committees, and introduce legislation. The legislature must then adjourn itself until the first Tuesday in February. Regular sessions in odd-numbered years are limited to 30 legislative days and may not extend past March 30. Regular sessions in even-numbered years must convene on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in January. In even-numbered years, regular sessions are limited to 60 legislative days and may not extend past April 15.

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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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?, Director

Main Office:

Department of Natural Resources
#1 Sportsman's Lane Frankfort,
KY 40601

Wildlife Biologist

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

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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