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 New Hampshire is governed by the New Hampshire 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 New Hampshire.
You can check the statutes directly at a state-managed website
These statutes are searchable. Be sure to use the names “mountain lion” and “cougar” to accomplish your searches.
New Hampshire’s wildlife regulations can be found in the Executive Director, Fish and Game Department section in the New Hampshire Code of Administrative Rules. The regulations are set by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission.
The General Court of New Hampshire is the state’s part-time, bicameral legislature. With 424 members, it is the largest state legislature in the United States and the fourth-largest English-speaking legislature in the world. The lower chamber – the House of Representatives – is made up of 400 members who serve 2-year terms. The upper chamber – the Senate – consists of 24 members who also serve 2-year terms. The size difference between New Hampshire’s legislative chambers is the greatest size disparity amongst all state legislatures. You may contact your New Hampshire state representative here and your state senator here.
The Constitution of New Hampshire governs when the state legislature must meet. In even-numbered years, the General Court must convene on the first Wednesday in December in order to organize itself. Then, regular sessions begin annually on the first Wednesday following the first Tuesday in January. The legislature may also meet at other times it deems necessary. The legislature dissolves at 12:01 a.m. on the first Wednesday in December during even-numbered years. New Hampshire does not appear to restrict the number of days the legislature may meet during a calendar year.