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AKASKA LAW AFFECTING LIONS

Safeguard a future for mountain lions in Alaska


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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Alaska Cougar Laws and Regulations


State Law and Regulations

Generally, treatment of wildlife in the State of Alaska is governed by the Alaska Statutes – the state’s collection of 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 State of Alaska.

You can check the statutes directly at a state-managed website.

These statutes are searchable.

You may also use Findlaw for Legal Professionals at this website.

 

Alaska’s wildlife regulations can be found in Title 5: Fish and Game of the Alaska Administrative Code – the state’s collection of all its agencies’ policies. The regulations are set by the Alaska Board of Game.

The Legislature

The Alaska State Legislature is the state’s full-time, bicameral law-making body. The lower chamber – the House of Representatives – consists of 40 members who serve 2-year terms. The Republican Party has controlled the Alaska House of Representatives since 1995. The upper chamber – the Senate – is made up of 20 members who serve 4-year terms. With 60 members between the two chambers, the Alaska State Legislature is the smallest bicameral state legislature in the United States. You may contact your Alaska state representative here and your Alaska state senator here.

State law requires the legislature to convene in regular session each year at 1:00 pm on the third Tuesday in January. The Constitution of the State of Alaska limits the duration of regular sessions to 90 days. State law allows the governor to call special legislative sessions. The legislature may also call itself into special sessions upon the affirmative vote of two-thirds of the members of each legislative chamber. Special sessions are limited to 30 calendar 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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Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Commonly abbreviated as: ADFG

Bruce Dale, Director

Main Office:
PO Box 115526
Juneau, AK 99811
Bruce.dale@alaska.gov
(907) 861-2101


Chief Wildlife Scientist
Kim Titus
Kim.titus@alaska.gov
(907) 465-6167


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

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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