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 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 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.