A rural Chadron man shot and killed a mountain lion in the Pine Ridge of Dawes County after the cat failed to flee when he tried to scare it off.
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission reports the male mountain lion weighed approximately 160 pounds.
The resident reported the incident to the commission. According to the report, the cat kept walking parallel to him at a distance of about 20 yards while he walked along a creek near his home. The resident reports the lion showed no sign of fear when he made noise to scare him off. The resident shot the mountain lion with a 9mm handgun.
Mountain lions are a protected species in Nebraska. They may be killed if they threaten people or are attacking livestock. An official investigation confirmed the resident’s account.
“Game and Parks is interested in documenting observations or game camera photographs of mountain lions,” said Sam Wilson, Game and Parks furbearer and carnivore program manager in a written statement. “Please report any observations to your nearest Game and Parks office or call 402-471-0641.”