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Oregon still allows trapping on much of its public lands.

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.

  • Return to the portal page for Oregon.

  • The status of Puma concolor in Oregon.

  • State law and regulations affecting cougars.

  • The history of cougars in Oregon.

  • Ecosystems and habitat in Oregon.

  • Cougar science and research in Oregon.

  • Our library of media, research and reports.

  • How you can take action to help!

Oregon Cougar Laws and Regulations

Generally, treatment of wildlife in the State of Oregon is governed by the Oregon Revised Statutes - the state's collection of all the laws passed by its legislature. Wildlife treatment is also managed by regulations in the Oregon Administrative Rules - the collection of all the state agency rules. 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 Oregon.

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.

Oregon's Department of Fish and Wildlife regulations are found in the Oregon Administrative Rules. The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission sets the state's wildlife regulations.

The Legislature

The Oregon Legislative Assembly is a bicameral legislative body. The lower chamber — the House of Representatives — consists of 60 members who serve 2-year terms. The upper chamber — the Senate — consists of 30 members who serve 4-year terms. Information on how to contact your member of the Oregon House of Representatives can be found here while information on how to contact your state senator can be found here.

The Oregon Legislative Assembly's regular sessions convene on the first day of February each year — unless February begins on a Thursday, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, in which case the session convenes on the following Monday. The Oregon Constitution limits the duration of regular sessions in odd-numbered years to 160 calendar days and 35 calendar days in even-numbered years. However, the Oregon Constitution also allows the legislature to extend regular sessions by five days with the approval of two-thirds of the members of each chamber and does not limit the number of times a session may be extended. The legislature may also meet in organizational sessions, the duration of which the constitution does not limit, in order to set legislative rules. Special sessions may be called by the governor or by the majority of the members of each legislative chamber. The Oregon Constitution does not 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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Oregon Department of Game and Fish.

Commonly abbreviated as: ODFW

Curt Melcher, Director

Main Office:
4034 Fairview Industrial Drive SE
Salem, OR 97302
(503) 947-6000

Carnivore-Furbearer Coordinator
Derek Broman
4034 Fairview Industrial Drive SE
Salem, OR 97302
(530) 947-6095

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

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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