It's the first confirmed instance of a mountain lion attacking Nebraska livestock in "modern times". The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has confirmed a cougar has killed a calf in Central Nebraska.
It happened near Brewster in Blaine County.
The owner of the calf contacted the Commission on April 2nd after finding the carcass. Something had dragged it about 60 yards from a calving corral and fed on it.
A Commission representative examined the carcass the next day. The condition of the carcass suggested a mountain lion could have been responsible. A federal genetics laboratory analyzed droppings and found last week that the sample came from a mountain lion.
The owner of the calf requested a 30-day permit to kill the cougar if it's on his property. The permit is allowed under state statue, and the request was granted.
The Commission says although this is Nebraska's first recent confirmed livestock loss from a mountain lion, it's not rare in western states.