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Help create a future for mountain lions locally extinguished over 150 years ago.

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 Ohio.

  • The status of Puma concolor in Ohio.

  • State law and regulations affecting cougars.

  • The history of cougars in Ohio.

  • Ecosystems and habitat in Ohio.

  • Cougar science and research in Ohio.

  • Our library of media, research and reports.

  • How you can take action to help!

Ohio Cougar Laws and Regulations

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 Legislature

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.

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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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Ohio Division of Wildlife.

Commonly abbreviated as: ODNR

Division of Wildlife
Suzie Prange
360 East State Street
Athens, OH 45701
(740) 589-9924

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

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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