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.
Mountain lions used to roam the state of Oklahoma, but were eradicated in the 19th century.
As European settlers moved west, they killed off all of the mountain lions within the state, as well as most of the deer, mountain lions' main prey. Despite this absence, the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation decided to list mountain lions as a game species with a closed season in 1957. There is currently no resident population of mountain lions, and even with hundreds of reports of mountain lion sightings, only 11 have been confirmed.
More information about their protected game status can be found in the state code (Okla. Stat. Ann. tit. 29, Section 5-411).
Visit the Oklahoma state website for further details.
Oklahoma is bicameral that is made of the House of Representatives and the Senate. Each member is elected directly by the people of Oklahoma. The House consists of 101 members serving two year terms, and the Senate consists of 48 members with four year terms. Oklahoma is a predominantly Republican state.
Visit the Oklahoma State Legislature website for further details.
The state of Oklahoma has strict laws governing the how people are allowed to behave with respect to wildlife. Antelope, moose, whitetail and mule deer, bears, elk, Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, wild turkeys, and mountain lions each have regulations guiding their protections. Mountain lions are considered game species, as such, they are protected from being hunted, chased, captured, shot, shot at, wounded, taken, killed, or slaughtered. The only exceptions are for mountain lions that have committed a depredation or if the person performing the activities is authorized under the Oklahoma Cervidae Act.