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Mountain lions in Maine are as good as dead.

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 Maine.

  • State law and regulations affecting cougars.

  • The history of cougars in Maine.

  • Ecosystems and habitat in Maine.

  • Cougar science and research in Maine.

  • Our library of media, research and reports.

  • How you can take action to help!

Maine Cougar Laws and Regulations

Generally, treatment of wildlife in the State of Maine is governed by the Maine Revised Statutes – 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 State of Maine.

You can check the statutes directly at a state-managed website
These statutes are searchable.

Maine’s wildlife regulations can be found in Chapter 09 – Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife of the Code of Maine Rules – the state’s collection of all its agencies’ rules. The regulations appear to be set by the commissioner of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

The Legislature

The Maine State Legislature is the state’s part-time, bicameral legislature. The lower chamber – the House of Representatives – consists of 154 members who serve 2-year terms. Three of the House’s members are non-voting representatives to Native American tribes - the Penobscot Nation, the Passamaquoddy Tribe and the Maliseet Tribe. The upper chamber – the Senate – is made up of 35 members who also serve 2-year terms. The Maine Senate is one of the few legislatures in the United States in which all chamber leadership positions have been held by women. You may contact your Maine state representative here and your Maine state senator here.

The Constitution of the State of Maine establishes when the state legislature is to meet. The legislature’s first regular session begins on the first Wednesday of December after the general election. The second regular session begins on the first Wednesday after the first Tuesday of January in the next even-numbered year. The leaders of each legislative chamber may call special sessions with the consent of a majority of the legislators from each political party. The state constitution does not appear to limit the duration of either regular or special sessions.

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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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Bear Biologist
Randal A. Cross or Wally Jakubas
650 State Street
Bangor, ME 04401
(207) 941-4466

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

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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