Nebraska Game and Parks commissioners have rejected a recommendation to create a mountain lion hunting season.
At a meeting Friday in Chadron, commissioners voted unanimously not to accept a staff recommendation allowing mountain lion hunting. Commissioners directed wildlife staff to bring new recommendations to the July 26th commission meeting in Lincoln.
The Legislature approved a bill last year allowing for a mountain lion hunting season at the discretion of Game and Parks officials.
Officials say mountain lions all but vanished from Nebraska by 1890. The cats have been making a comeback in Nebraska's northwest corner and have traveled as far east in the state as Omaha. The commission estimates the Pine Ridge area has a population of 22.