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Help close loopholes and save mountain lions

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.

  • Return to the portal page for Louisiana.

  • The status of Puma concolor in Louisiana.

  • State law and regulations affecting cougars.

  • The history of cougars in Louisiana.

  • Ecosystems and habitat in Louisiana.

  • Cougar science and research in Louisiana.

  • Our library of media, research and reports.

  • How you can take action to help!

Louisiana Cougar Laws and Regulations

Generally, treatment of wildlife in the State of Louisiana is governed by the Louisiana Laws – 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 Louisiana.

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Louisiana’s wildlife regulations can be found in Title 76: Wildlife and Fisheries of the Louisiana Administrative Code - the state’s collection of all its agencies’ policies. The regulations are written by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission.

The Louisiana State Legislature is the state’s bicameral law-making body. The lower chamber – the House of Representatives - is made up of 105 members who serve 4-year terms. The upper chamber – the Senate - is composed of 39 members who also serve 4-year terms. Since 1995, members of each chamber have been limited to three terms. You may contact your Louisiana state senator here and your member of the Louisiana House of Representatives here.

The Louisiana Constitution requires the legislature to hold regular sessions annually. Regular sessions in even-numbered years must convene at noon on the second Monday in March and are limited to 60 legislative days over a period of 85 calendar days. Regular sessions in odd-numbered years must convene at noon on the second Monday in April and are limited to 45 legislative days over a period of 60 calendar days. Special sessions may be called by either the governor or a written petition from a majority of members of both legislative chambers. Special sessions may not exceed 30 calendar days.

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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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Georgia Wildlife Resource Division.

Commonly abbreviated as: LDWF


Main Office:
2000 Quail Dr.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70898
(225) 765-2800

Chief Wildlife Biologist

2000 Quail Dr.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70898
(225) 765-2800

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

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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