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 Maryland is governed by the Code of Maryland and Rules. 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 Maryland.
Maryland does not maintain a state-managed website for the publication of its laws. Instead, the state contracts with a private company, LexisNexis, to publish its laws and state regulations. You may view the state’s laws and policies here
These statutes are searchable. Be sure to use the name “cougar” to accomplish your searches.
Maryland’s wildlife regulations can be found in Subtitle 03 Wildlife in Title 08 Department of Natural Resources of the Code of Maryland Regulations. The regulations are written by the secretary of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.
The General Assembly of Maryland is the state’s bicameral legislature. The lower chamber – the House of Delegates – consists of 141 members who serve 4-year terms. The upper chamber – the Senate – is made up of 47 members who also serve 4-year terms. The Democratic Party has controlled both chambers of the legislature since at least 1992. You may contact your Maryland state delegate here and your Maryland state senator here.
The Constitution of Maryland requires the legislature to convene regular sessions on the second Wednesday in January each year. Regular sessions are limited to 90 days, but may be extended up to 30 days upon the affirmative vote of three-fifths of the members of each chamber. The governor may call special sessions of the legislature or the Maryland Senate only. The governor must also call a special legislative session when a majority of the members of each chamber request one. Special sessions are limited to 30 days.