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Help New Jersey prepare for the mountain lion recolonization.

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 Jersey.

  • State law and regulations affecting cougars.

  • The history of cougars in New Jersey.

  • Ecosystems and habitat in New Jersey.

  • Cougar science and research in New Jersey.

  • Our library of media, research and reports.

  • How you can take action to help!

New Jersey Cougar Laws and Regulations

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 Legislature

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.

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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 Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife.

Commonly abbreviated as: NJDEP

Larry Herrighty, Acting Director

Main Office:
N.J. Division of Fish and Wildlife
Mail Code 501-03
Trenton, NJ 08625-0420
(609) 292-2965

Mike Valent
7A Van Syckels Road
Hampton, NJ 08827
(908) 735-8975

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

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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