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 Rhode Island is governed by the State of Rhode Island General Laws – the state’s collection of 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 Rhode Island.
You can check the statutes directly at a state-managed website
These statutes are searchable.
Rhode Island’s wildlife regulations can be found in the Fish and Wildlife section of the Rhode Island Rules and Regulations – the state’s collection of all its agencies’ rules. The regulations are set by the director of the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management.
The State of Rhode Island General Assembly is the state’s part-time, bicameral legislature. The lower chamber – the House of Representatives – is made up of 75 members who serve 2-year terms. The upper chamber – the Senate – consists of 38 members who also serve 2-year terms. The Democratic Party has controlled both chambers of the legislature since at least 1992. The State of Rhode Island maintains this webpage to help you contact your state legislators.
The Rhode Island State Constitution governs when the state legislature is to meet. Regular sessions must begin annually on the first Tuesday of January. The state constitution allows the governor to call special legislative sessions on extraordinary occasions. The constitution does not appear to limit the duration of either regular or special sessions.