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 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 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.