A young female mountain lion has been shot and killed when it failed to flee a home near Chadron.
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission says the homeowner reported he shot the 5-month-old female Saturday at his home south of Chadron.
According to the resident, the mountain lion crouched in the grass about 20 yards from his house where two young children were on the patio. The man says he retrieved a rifle from the house, approached the cougar, and then shot it when it stood but did not flee. The mountain lion weighed about 30 pounds.
The man notified authorities of the shooting in accordance with state law.
The Dawes County Sheriff’s Department investigated the incident and took possession of the animal. It was transferred to Nebraska Game and Parks officials Sunday.
Authorities determined the man acted within the law.