An Iowa man has been charged with killing a mountain lion in Nebraska.
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission reports a 23-year-old was hunting deer with a bow and arrow from a tree stand on Ponderosa Wildlife Management Area in Dawes County Saturday when he shot and killed the lion with an arrow.
The man, who has not been identified, reported the shooting to the Dawes County Sheriff’s Department. Game and Parks Commission officials recovered the carcass at about 2:30am Sunday morning.
The lion was a female and was lactating, indicating she might have cubs. Staff has been searching for cubs. If found, they will likely be placed in a zoo.
A fine of $1,000 and a charge of $500 in liquidated damages for taking game in a closed season could be levied.
“The law is very clear. People may not shoot a mountain lion simply because they are afraid of it,” said Craig Stover, law enforcement administrator for Game and Parks in a written statement. “They have to meet certain criteria. The law states that ‘any person shall be entitled to defend himself or herself or another person without penalty if, in the presence of such person, a mountain lion stalks, attacks, or shows unprovoked aggression toward such person or another person.’ ”
Ranchers can kill a mountain lion if he threatens livestock.
“Anytime a mountain lion is shot, we do a full investigation into the circumstances,” Stover said.
Visit OutdoorNebraska.org for more information on mountain lions in Nebraska.