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 Vermont is governed by the Vermont Statutes – 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 Vermont.
You can check the statutes directly at a state-managed website
These statutes are not searchable. Be sure to use the name “Eastern mountain lion” to accomplish your searches.
Vermont’s wildlife regulations can be found in Chapter 1: Game of Title 10 Appendix: Vermont Fish and Wildlife Regulations of the Vermont Statutes. The regulations are set by the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Board.
The Vermont General Assembly is the state’s part-time, bicameral legislature. The lower chamber – the House of Representatives – consists of 150 members who serve 2-year terms. The upper chamber – the Senate – is made up of 30 members who also serve 2-year terms. The Democratic Party has controlled the Vermont Senate since 1997. The Vermont General Assembly is notable for being the only state legislature with a significant third-party presence – the Vermont Progressive Party, which holds a handful of seats in each legislative chamber. You may contact your Vermont state legislators here.
According to the Constitution of the State of Vermont, the state legislature is to meet biennially on the first Wednesday after the first Monday of January in odd-numbered years. Before adjourning in odd-numbered years, the legislature sets the date on which it will convene during the next year. The state constitution does not appear to contain provisions for calling special legislative sessions or to limit the duration of regular sessions.