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 Texas is governed by the Texas Statutes - the state's collection of all the 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 Texas.
You can check the statutes directly at a state-managed website.
These statutes are searchable. Be sure to use the names "mountain lion," "cougar," and "panther" to accomplish your searches.
You may also use Findlaw for Legal Professionals at this website.
The Texas Legislature is the state's bicameral legislature. The lower chamber - the House of Representatives - is made up of 150 members who serve 2-year terms. The Republican Party has controlled the Texas House of Representatives since 2003. The upper chamber - the Senate - consists of 31 members who serve 4-year terms. The Republican Party has controlled the Texas State Senate since 1997. In order to help you contact your state legislators, the Texas House of Representatives maintains this website and the Texas State Senate maintains this website.
State law requires the Texas Legislature to meet at noon on the second Tuesday in January of each odd-numbered year. There do not appear to be provisions for sessions in even-numbered years. The Texas Constitution states that regular sessions may not last longer 140 days. The governor may call special legislative sessions, which are limited to 30 days.