Photo of Rotational grazing and proper pasture management protects the trout stream that runs through the pasture. Class I trout stream in Columbia County, Wisconsin.


A change to give mountain lions the protection they deserved 100 years ago.

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 Wisconsin.

  • State law and regulations affecting cougars.

  • The history of cougars in Wisconsin.

  • Ecosystems and habitat in Wisconsin.

  • Cougar science and research in Wisconsin.

  • Our library of media, research and reports.

  • How you can take action to help!

Wisconsin Cougar Laws and Regulations

In Wisconsin, mountain lions are classified as a protected species. As such, it is illegal to kill a lion unless it is attacking or killing a domestic animal, or if it poses a threat to human safety.

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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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Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Commonly abbreviated as: DNR

Kent Van Horn, Acting Wildlife Director

DNR Service Center
141 NW Barstow Room 180
Waukesha, WI 53188
(608) 576-3963

Large Carnivore Biologist
David MacFarland
DNR Service Center
107 Sutliff Ave.
Rhinelander, WI 54501
(715) 365-8917

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

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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