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MASSACHUSETTS LAW AFFECTING LIONS

Help ensure a future for mountain lions in Massachusetts.


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 Massachusetts.

  • State law and regulations affecting cougars.

  • The history of cougars in Massachusetts.

  • Ecosystems and habitat in Massachusetts.

  • Cougar science and research in Massachusetts.

  • Our library of media, research and reports.

  • How you can take action to help!

Massachusetts Cougar Laws and Regulations



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.

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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 Legislature


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.


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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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Wildlife Biologist
Laura Hajduk-Conlee
1 Rabbit Hill Rd
Westboro, MA 01581
laura.hajduk-conlee@state.ma.us
(508) 389-6322

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

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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