No mountain lion hunts will be authorized in Nebraska this year.
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has decided against allowing the hunts after 10 female cats were killed in 2014.
A total of 16 mountain lions died by various means last year. Five died at the hands of hunters, given permits from the Game and Parks Commission. Landowners legally killed four after they were perceived to threaten people or livestock. Three died after being inadvertently trapped. Vehicles ran over two. Two were taken illegally.
The Commission has budgeted $60,000 to conduct more research into mountain lions. Research will use radio collars, trail cameras, and scat surveys to learn more about the mountain lion population in Nebraska.
Mountain lion hunts could return in the future in Nebraska.
An effort to end them in the Unicameral, spearheaded by Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha, fell short of the votes needed to override a veto by Gov. Dave Heineman.
Settlers to Nebraska hunted cougars so aggressively no mountain lion was seen in the state between 1890 and 1990. The first sighting of a mountain lion occurred in 1991 in the Panhandle. The population has grown steadily since, which sightings increasing throughout the state over the past few years.