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Ignoring mountain lions isn't the right path forward.

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 Delaware.

  • State law and regulations affecting cougars.

  • The history of cougars in Delaware.

  • Ecosystems and habitat in Delaware.

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  • Our library of media, research and reports.

  • How you can take action to help!

Delaware Cougar Laws and Regulations

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 Legislature

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.

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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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Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife.

Commonly abbreviated as: DFW

David Saveikis, Director

Main Office:
89 Kings Highway
Dover, DE 19901
(302) 739-9910

Wildlife Section
Rob Hossler
Ommelanden Hunter Education Center
1205 River Road
New Castle, DE 19720
(302) 739-9912

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

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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