Lawmaker Hopes To Ban Mountain Lion Hunting

By: WOWT, The Associated Press Email
By: WOWT, The Associated Press Email

Nebraska is only a few days into its inaugural mountain lion hunting season. Omaha State Senator Ernie Chambers wants to make sure it's the last.

A bill introduced Wednesday by Chambers would eliminate provisions relating to hunting and killing of mountain lions.

LB 671 removes two provisions allowing farmers or ranchers to kill mountain lions without permission from the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission if it is threatening livestock on their property.

It also removes the section reading:

"Any person shall be entitled to defend himself or herself or another person without penalty if, in the presence of such person, a mountain lion stalks, attacks, or shows unprovoked aggression toward such person or another person."

Chambers says he's outraged by a recent auction of a mountain-lion hunting permit by the Nebraska Big Game Society, and a decision to let the hunting season proceed after a female in Sioux County was accidentally killed in a trap.

Chambers says the animals pose serious no real threat to humans or livestock.

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