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SOUTH CAROLINA LAW AFFECTING LIONS

Help ensure a future for mountain lions in South Carolina.


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.

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  • The status of Puma concolor in South Carolina.

  • State law and regulations affecting cougars.

  • The history of cougars in South Carolina.

  • Ecosystems and habitat in South Carolina.

  • Cougar science and research in South Carolina.

  • Our library of media, research and reports.

  • How you can take action to help!

South Carolina Cougar Laws and Regulations


Generally, treatment of wildlife in the State of South Carolina is governed by the South Carolina Code of Laws – 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 South Carolina.

You can check the statutes directly at a state-managed website
These statutes are searchable. The phrases "Puma concolor" and "Felis concolor" may be useful in your research. Legislation enacted prior to the species' reclassification as Puma in the 1990's may still use the term Felis.

South Carolina’s wildlife regulations can be found in Chapter 123: Department of Natural Resources in the South Carolina Code of Regulations – the state’s collection of all its agencies’ regulations. The regulations are promulgated by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Board.

The Legislature

The South Carolina General Assembly is the state’s bicameral legislature. The lower chamber – the House of Representatives – is made up of 124 members who serve 2-year terms. The Republican Party has controlled the South Carolina House of Representatives since 1995. The upper chamber – the Senate – consists of 46 members who serve 4-year terms. The Republican Party has controlled the South Carolina Senate since 2001. You may contact your South Carolina state legislators here.

The South Carolina Constitution requires the legislature to convene in a regular session each year on the second Tuesday in January. The legislature may also meet for up to three days on the first Tuesday following the certification of a general election in order to organize itself. The governor may call special legislative sessions. The South Carolina Constitution does not appear to limit 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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South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.

Commonly abbreviated as: SCDNR

Alvin Taylor, Director

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
Rembert C. Dennis Building
1000 Assembly St.
Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 734-4020









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

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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