Sunrise over farm in Texas Hill Country.
  Photo Courtesy of:
  Jim Nix / Nomadic Pursuits
Photo of landsacape.


Texas allows year round unlimited mountain lion take.

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 Texas.

  • State law and regulations affecting cougars.

  • The history of cougars in Texas.

  • Ecosystems and habitat in Texas.

  • Cougar science and research in Texas.

  • Our library of media, research and reports.

  • How you can take action to help!

Texas Cougar Laws and Regulations

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.

Texas' wildlife regulations can be found in the Texas Administrative Code. The regulations are set by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission.

The Legislature

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.

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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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Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

Commonly abbreviated as: TPWD

Carter Smith, Director

Main Office:
4200 Smith School Road
Austin, TX 78744
(505) 476-8000

Jonah Evans
140 City Park Rd.
Boerne, Texas 78006
(803) 331-8739

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

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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