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MISSISSIPPI LAW AFFECTING LIONS

Help Mississippi remove the artificial distinction between Florida panthers and "inherently dangerous" 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.

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  • Return to the portal page for Mississippi.

  • The status of Puma concolor in Mississippi.

  • State law and regulations affecting cougars.

  • The history of cougars in Mississippi.

  • Ecosystems and habitat in Mississippi.

  • Cougar science and research in Mississippi.

  • Our library of media, research and reports.

  • How you can take action to help!

Mississippi Cougar Laws and Regulations


Generally, treatment of wildlife in the State of Mississippi is governed by the Mississippi Code - the state’s collection of 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 Mississippi.

Mississippi does not maintain a state-managed website for its laws. Instead, the state contracts with a private company, LexisNexis, to publish its legal code online. The Mississippi Code can be viewed here.
These statutes are searchable. The phrases “cougar,” “animals inherently dangerous to humans,” and “endangered species” may be useful in your research.

Mississippi’s wildlife regulations can be found in Title 40 – Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks of the Mississippi Administrative Code. The regulations are set by the Mississippi Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks

The Legislature

The Mississippi Legislature is a part-time, bicameral legislature. The lower chamber – the House of Representatives – is made up of 122 members who serve 4-year terms. The upper chamber – the Senate – consists of 52 members who also serve 4-year terms. You may contact your member of the Mississippi House of Representatives here and your Mississippi state senator here.

The Mississippi Constitution requires the legislature to convene annually in a regular session on the Tuesday after the first Monday in January. Regular sessions are generally limited to 90 calendar days, but one regular session may last 125 calendar days every four years. Regular sessions may be extended by 30 days upon the affirmative vote of two-thirds of the members of each chamber. There is no limit on the number of times a session may be extended. The governor may call the legislature into special sessions and adjourn the session when he or she sees fit.


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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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Dr. Sam Polles, Executive Director

Main Office:
1505 Eastover Drive
Jackson, MS 39211
(601) 432-2400


Chief Wildlife Biologist






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

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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