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Transient populations of mountain lions are excluded by endangered species law.

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 Pennsylvania.

  • State law and regulations affecting cougars.

  • The history of cougars in Pennsylvania.

  • Ecosystems and habitat in Pennsylvania.

  • Cougar science and research in Pennsylvania.

  • Our library of media, research and reports.

  • How you can take action to help!

Pennsylvania Cougar Laws and Regulations

Generally, treatment of wildlife in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is governed by the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes – the state’s collection of all 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 Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

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.


Pennsylvania’s wildlife regulations can be found in Part III. Game Commission of Title 58: Recreation of the Pennsylvania Code – the state’s collection of all its agencies’ regulations. Rather than being published by the state, the Pennsylvania Code is published online by a private company, Fry Communications. The regulations are set by the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

The Legislature

The Pennsylvania General Assembly is the state’s full-time, bicameral legislature. The lower chamber – the House of Representatives – is made up of 203 members who serve 2-year terms. The upper chamber – the Senate – consists of 50 members who serve 4-year terms. The Republican Party has controlled the Pennsylvania State Senate since 1994. You may contact your Pennsylvania state legislators here.

The Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania governs when the state legislature is to meet. The Pennsylvania General Assembly must convene in a regular session on the first Tuesday of January each year. The governor may call special sessions whenever he or she believes it necessary or upon the receipt of a petition signed by a majority of the members of each legislative chamber. There does not appear to be a limit on the duration of either regular or special sessions.

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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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Pennsylvania Game Commission.

Commonly abbreviated as: PGC

Game Commission Headquarters
2001 Elmerton Avenue
Harrisburg, PA 17110-9797
(717) 787-5529

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

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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