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 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.
You can check the statutes directly at a state-managed website
Unfortunately, these statutes are not keyword searchable.
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.