The second mountain lion season in the Pine Ridge Unit of Nebraska has closed, after a hunter shot and killed a female.
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission reports the female mountain lion was taken in Sheridan County today. The commission says the 102-pound lion was approximately 5½ years old and appeared to have been in good health. One of its ears had a tag from South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks.
The commission said it would close the season immediately if a female was taken.
Hunters took two male mountain lions during the first season in the Pine Ridge Unit, which lasted from January 1st to February 14th. One hunter paid more than $13,000 for one permit. A teen-ager won the second permit through a lottery.
The mountain lion season continues in the Prairie Unit, which takes in most of the state.
Mountain lion hunting has become controversial in the Unicameral, where Sen. Ernie Chambers has taken direct aim at the hunt.
Chambers has successfully advanced LB 671 which would strip authorization from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission to issue mountain lion hunting permits.
The bill advanced on a 31-5 vote. It must clear a couple more votes to go to the governor.
For more information about mountain lions in Nebraska, visit the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s mountain lion web page at OutdoorNebraska.org.