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Vermont could be a safe haven for mountain lions in the east.

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 Vermont.

  • State law and regulations affecting cougars.

  • The history of cougars in Vermont.

  • Ecosystems and habitat in Vermont.

  • Cougar science and research in Vermont.

  • Our library of media, research and reports.

  • How you can take action to help!

Vermont Cougar Laws and Regulations

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 Legislature

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.

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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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Vermont Agency of Natural Resources.

Commonly abbreviated as: ANR

Mark Scott, Director of Wildlife

Agency of Natural Resources Central Office
1 National Life Drive, Main 2
Montpelier, VT 05620
(802) 828-1478

Steve Parren, Wildlife Diversity Program Manager

111 West Street
Essex Junction, VT 05452
(802) 371-7142

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

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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