A mountain lion has taken a calf from a corral in a north-central Nebraska ranch, the first instance of livestock loss from a mountain lion in modern state history.
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission officials have confirmed the kill near Brewster in Blaine County.
A rancher contacted the commission in early April after finding the carcass. It had been dragged about 60 yards from the calving corral into a shelterbelt. The cougar had eaten most of it.
An investigation determined a mountain lion was likely responsible. A sample of fresh droppings near the carcass were sent to a federal genetics laboratory. Lab technicians confirmed the sample came from a mountain lion.
The rancher has been issued a 30-day permit to kill a mountain lion on his property in accordance with state law. If a mountain lion is killed, the cat must be turned over to the commission.