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 Illinois is governed by the Illinois Compiled Statutes – the state’s collection of 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 Illinois.
You can check the statutes directly at a state-managed website
These statutes are searchable. Be sure to use the name “cougar” to accomplish your searches.
You may also use Findlaw for Legal Professionals at this website
Illinois’ wildlife regulations can be found in Title 17: Conservation of the Illinois Administrative Code – the state’s collection of its agencies’ regulations. The regulations are written by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources
The Illinois General Assembly is the state’s full-time, bicameral legislature. The lower chamber – the House of Representatives – is made up of 118 members who serve 2-year terms. The Democratic Party has controlled the Illinois House of Representatives since 1997. The upper chamber – the Senate – is made up of 59 members who serve 4-year terms. The Democratic Party has controlled the Illinois Senate since 2003. You may contact your Illinois state representative here and your Illinois state senator here.
The Constitution of the State of Illinois establishes when the state legislature must meet. Regular sessions begin each year on the second Wednesday of January. The governor may call special sessions of either the entire state legislature or the state senate only. The presiding officers of each legislative chamber may also call special sessions. The state constitution does not appear to contain limits on the duration of regular or special sessions.