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 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 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.