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Help protect mountain lions in New York state as populations expand eastward.

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.

  • Return to the portal page for New York.

  • The status of Puma concolor in New York.

  • State law and regulations affecting cougars.

  • The history of cougars in New York.

  • Ecosystems and habitat in New York.

  • Cougar science and research in New York.

  • Our library of media, research and reports.

  • How you can take action to help!

New York Cougar Laws and Regulations

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 Legislature

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.

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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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Carrie Meek Gallagher, Regional Director

Main Office:
50 Circle Road
Stony Brook, NY 11790-3409

Mammal Specialist
Alan Hicks
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233-4754
(518) 402-8854

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

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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