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ALABAMA LAW AFFECTING LIONS

Cougars, struggling to return, are being written off due to prior extirpation.


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 Alabama.

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  • Our library of media, research and reports.

  • How you can take action to help!

Alabama Cougar Laws and Regulations


Generally, treatment of wildlife in the State of Alabama is governed by the Code of Alabama 1975 - 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 Alabama.

You can check the statutes directly at a state-managed website
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You may also use Findlaw for Legal Professionals at this website

Alabama’s wildlife regulations can be found in Title 220 – Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources of the Alabama Administrative Code - the state’s collection of all its agencies’ policies. The regulations are set by the Alabama Commissioner of Conservation and Natural Resources, who heads the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

The Legislature

The Alabama Legislature is the state’s bicameral law-making body. The lower chamber – the House of Representatives - consists of 105 members who serve 4-year terms. The upper chamber – the Senate - is made up of 35 members who also serve 4-year terms. You may contact your member of the Alabama House of Representatives here and your Alabama state senator here.

State law requires the legislature to convene an organizational session on the second Tuesday in January after its election. Organizational sessions may last no longer than 10 calendar days. During the first year of the legislators’ terms, regular sessions begin on the first Tuesday in March. Regular sessions convene on the first Tuesday in February during the legislators’ second and third years in office. During the legislators’ fourth year in office, regular sessions convene on the second Tuesday in January. Regular sessions are limited to 30 legislative days over a period of 105 calendar days. The Alabama Constitution allows the governor to call special sessions of the legislature. State law limits special sessions to 12 legislative days over 30 calendar days.


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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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Charles F. “Chuck” Sykes, Director

Main Office:
64 North Union Street, Suite 584
P.O. Box 301457
Montgomery, AL 36130
(334) 242-3465
dcnr.wffdirector@dcnr.alabama.gov


Large Carnivore Coordinator
Keith Gauldin
Keith.gaudlin@dcnr.alabama.gov
(505) 476-8046

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

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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