Game And Parks Says No To Mountain Lion Hunting Season

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

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.

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