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 York is governed by the Laws of New York – 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 York.
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. The phrases “non-native big game mammal” and “endangered species” may also be useful in your research.
You may use also Findlaw for Legal Professionals at this website
New York’s wildlife regulations can be found in Chapter I Fish and Wildlife of Title 6 Environmental Conservation in the New York Codes, Rules and Regulations. The regulations are set by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
The New York State Legislature is the state’s full-time, bicameral law-making body. The lower chamber – the State Assembly – is made up of 150 members who serve 2-year terms. The Democratic Party has controlled the New York State Assembly since at least 1992. The upper chamber – the State Senate – consists of 63 members who also serve 2-year terms. You may contact your New York state assemblyman here and your state senator here.
Neither the New York State Constitution nor the Laws of New York appear to contain provisions governing regular sessions of the state legislature. The state constitution does, however, include a method for convening special legislative sessions on “extraordinary occasions.” In order to call a special session, the legislature must present the presiding officer of each chamber a petition signed by at least two-thirds of the members of each chamber. The state constitution does not appear to limit the duration of special sessions.