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New Hampshire has no system of accountability for cougar killings

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 New Hampshire.

  • State law and regulations affecting cougars.

  • The history of cougars in New Hampshire.

  • Ecosystems and habitat in New Hampshire.

  • Cougar science and research in New Hampshire.

  • Our library of media, research and reports.

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New Hampshire Cougar Laws and Regulations

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 Legislature

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.

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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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New Hampshire Fish and Game.

Commonly abbreviated as: NHFG

Glenn Normandeau, Executive Director

Main Office:
11 Hazen Drive
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 271-3511

Wildlife Diversity Biologist
Sandra Houghton
(603) 271-2461

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

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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