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 North Carolina is governed by the North Carolina General 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 North Carolina.
You can check the statutes directly at a state-managed website
These statutes are searchable. Be sure to use the name “cougar” to accomplish your searches.
North Carolina’s wildlife regulations can be found in Chapter 10 - Wildlife Resources and Water Safety of Title 15A - Environment and Natural Resources in the North Carolina Administrative Code – the state’s collection of all its agencies’ regulations. The chapter’s regulations are written by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
The North Carolina General Assembly is the state’s bicameral legislature. The lower chamber – the House of Representatives – is made up of 120 members who serve 2-year terms. The upper chamber – the Senate – consists of 50 members who also serve 2-year terms. The legislature maintains this webpage to help you contact your state and federal legislators.
State law requires the legislature to meet in regular session biennially at 9:00 am on the second Wednesday in January after the general election to organize itself. The legislature must then adjourn until noon on the third Wednesday after the second Monday in January. The North Carolina State Constitution allows the presiding officers of the state legislature – the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives – to call special sessions upon the request of three-fifths of the members of each chamber. There does not appear to be a limit on the duration of either regular or special sessions.