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 Delaware is governed by the Delaware Code – 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 Delaware.
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
Delaware’s wildlife regulations can be found in the Division of Fish and Wildlife section of Title 7 – Natural Resources and Environmental Control of the Delaware Administrative Code. The regulations are written by the state’s Director of Fish and Wildlife.
The state’s regulations governing captive mountain lions can be found in the Poultry and Animal Health section of Title 3 – of the Delaware Administrative Code. The regulations are written by the secretary of the Delaware Department of Agriculture.
The Delaware General Assembly is the state’s bicameral legislature. The Delaware General Assembly is unique amongst state legislatures in that it may unilaterally amend the state’s constitution. The lower chamber – the House of Representatives – is made up of 41 members who serve 2-year terms. The upper chamber – the Senate – consists of 21 members who serve 4-year terms. The Democratic Party has controlled the Delaware Senate since at least 1992. You may contact your Delaware state legislators here.
The Delaware Constitution establishes when the General Assembly is to meet. Regular sessions convene annually on the second Tuesday of January. Regular sessions may last as long as the General Assembly thinks necessary but may not extend past the last day of June unless the session is reconvened by the governor or the presiding officers of both legislative chambers. Special sessions may be called by the governor or the presiding officers of both chambers. The state constitution does not appear to limit the duration of special sessions.