Bill Would Allow Mountain Lion Hunting in Nebraska
A proposal would allow people to hunt down mountain lions in the state. Video by kmtv.comvideo
Lincoln, NE - Nebraskans would have a chance to hunt mountain lions with a legal permit under a new bill in the Legislature.
Ellsworth Sen. LeRoy Louden introduced a measure (LB928) Tuesday that would let Nebraska residents pay $25 for a chance to win a mountain lion hunting permit in a random drawing. Non-residents could obtain permits through an auction, similar to the process in place to legally hunt bighorn sheep.
"What we're trying to do is look at what we have now and what we think is possible in the future and be ready," said Sam Wilson with Nebraska Game and Parks.
State law currently allows people to kill mountain lions only if they are threatening humans or livestock.
"We’ve lost so many great cats," said Pat Fuller. "It would Be a shame to see this happen here when we already have a law that says you can protect yourself."
The bill was introduced partly in response to increased mountain lion sightings in Nebraska, including a possible encounter with one in the eastern Nebraska town of Seward.
A new study determining the mountain lion population will take place in May. If the numbers are up it could be open season on mountain lions.
Right now if it passes it authorizes the commission the ability to begin a season when a season is warranted.