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 Tennessee is governed by the Tennessee Code – the state’s collection of all current laws passed by its legislature. 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 Tennessee.
Tennessee does not maintain a state-managed website for the publication of its laws. Instead, the state contracts with a private company, LexisNexis, to publish its legal code. The Tennessee Code can be found here
These statutes are searchable. Be sure to use the name “cougar” to accomplish your searches.
The Rules of the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency can be found in the Rules and Regulations of the State of Tennessee - the state’s collection of all its agency’s policies. The regulations in this section are written by the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission.
The Tennessee General Assembly is the state’s bicameral law-making body. The lower chamber – the House of Representatives - is made up of 99 members who serve 2-year terms. The upper chamber – the Senate - consists of 33 members who serve 4-year terms. The State of Tennessee maintains this webpage to help you contact your state legislators.
The Tennessee Constitution requires the legislature to meet on the second Tuesday in January after the election of members of the House of Representatives for an organizational session limited to 15 consecutive calendar days. The regular session begins on the next Tuesday following the adjournment of the organizational session unless the General Assembly passes a joint resolution requiring it to begin earlier. Either the governor or two-thirds of the members of each chamber may call special legislative sessions. The Tennessee Constitution does not appear to place limits on the duration of either regular or special sessions.