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 Ohio is governed by the Ohio Revised Code – 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 Ohio.
You can check the statutes directly at a state-managed website
These statutes are searchable. Be sure to use the term “cougar” to accomplish your searches.
Ohio’s wildlife regulations can be found in 1501:31 Division of Wildlife in the Ohio Administrative Code – the state’s collection of all its agencies’ rules. The regulations are written by the director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and approved by the Ohio Wildlife Council.
Ohio’s regulations concerning captive mountain lions can be found in 901:1 Animal Industry of the Ohio Administrative Code. These regulations are adopted by the director of the "Ohio Department of Agriculture.
The Ohio General Assembly is the state’s full-time, bicameral legislature. The lower chamber – the House of Representatives – is made up of 99 members who serve 2-year terms. Members of the Ohio House of Representatives are limited to 4 terms. The upper chamber – the Senate – consists of 33 members who serve 4-year terms. Ohio state senators may only serve 2 terms. The Republican Party has controlled the Ohio Senate since at least 1992. You may contact your member of the Ohio House of Representatives here and your Ohio state senator here.
The Ohio Constitution requires the General Assembly to convene regular sessions on the first Monday in January of each year. The legislature may convene on the Tuesday after the first Monday in January if the first Monday is a legal holiday. Either the governor or the presiding officers of both chambers of the General Assembly may call special legislative sessions. The Ohio Constitution does not appear to place limits on the duration of either regular or special sessions.