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 Jersey is governed by the New Jersey Permanent Statutes – the state’s collection of its 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 Jersey.
You can check the statutes directly at a state-managed website
These statutes are searchable.
New Jersey’s wildlife regulations can be found in Chapter 25. Division of Fish and Wildlife Rules in Title 7. Environmental Protection of the New Jersey Administrative Code. The regulations are written by the New Jersey Fish and Game Council.
The New Jersey Legislature is the state’s bicameral law-making body. The lower chamber – the General Assembly – consists of 80 members who serve 2-year terms. The Democratic Party has controlled the New Jersey General Assembly since 2002. The upper chamber – the Senate – is composed of 40 members who serve 4-year terms. The Democratic Party has controlled the New Jersey Senate since 2004. You may find and contact your state legislators here.
The New Jersey State Constitution governs the state’s legislative sessions. Regular sessions begin annually at noon on the second Tuesday in January and end at noon on the second Tuesday in January of the next year. The governor may call special sessions when he or she believes it necessary, or upon the receipt of a petition signed by a majority of the members of each house. There does not appear to be a limit on the duration of special sessions.