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 Commonwealth of Massachusetts is governed by the General Laws of Massachusetts – the state’s collection of all its current laws. Since our summary below may not be completely up to date, you should be sure to review the most current law for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
You can check the statutes directly at a state-managed website
These statutes are searchable
Massachusetts’ wildlife regulations can be found in Title 321: Division of Fisheries and Wildlife of the Code of Massachusetts Regulations – the state’s collection of all its wildlife regulations. The regulations can also be found on the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife’s website. The regulations are written by the Massachusetts Fisheries and Wildlife Board.
The General Court of Massachusetts is the state’s full-time, bicameral legislature. The legislature’s name has been retained from the days when it was both the law-making body and the court of appeals for the Massachusetts Bay Colony. The lower chamber – the House of Representatives – is made up of 160 members who serve 2-year terms. The upper chamber – the Senate – consists of 40 members who also serve 2-year terms. The Democratic Party has controlled both legislative chambers since at least 1992. Massachusetts maintains this webpage to help you contact your state legislators.
The Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires regular sessions of the state legislature to begin each year on the first Wednesday of January. Each session lasts until the day before the beginning of the next session. The state constitution also allows the General Court to meet at any time it deems necessary or is called to meet by the governor.