The public is being asked to provide information on a cougar shot illegally and left to rot in the Pine Ridge National Forest south of Chadron.
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission reports a hunter stumbled upon the female mountain lion in Dawes County late last week. The mountain lion is estimated to have been about a year and a half old. It likely was shot either late last month or early this month.
Officials have begun an investigation, which included collecting evidence at the scene.
Anyone with information related to this incident is encouraged to call Game and Parks or the Nebraska Wildlife Crime Stoppers at 1-800-742-7627. Hotline callers may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward.