A wounded mountain lion found in Omaha Wednesday afternoon has been shot and killed by police.
Omaha police report the adult mountain lion was spotted near Project Harmony in west Omaha.
Officers used shotguns to kill the cougar. No one was injured.
Police responded to a call about the cougar at 5pm. The Nebraska Humane Society and a veterinarian responded as well.
The Nebraska Games and Parks Commission reports the male mountain lion weighed about 120 pounds. It couldn’t move due to a broken leg. It isn’t clear how long the cougar had been in the area.
Game and Parks reports its protocol is to euthanize mountain lions found in cities. Game and Parks says attempts to use tranquilizers to relocate mountain lions can become dangerous, because no one can predict how the animal will react.
“Our mountain lion response plan calls for cougars in town to be euthanized if it can safely be done, out of safety considerations for the people in the city,” said Craig Stover, Law Enforcement Administrator for Nebraska Game and Parks, in a written statement released by Game and Parks.
The lion is in possession of Nebraska Game and Parks. A necropsy will be performed.
Game and Parks says the mountain lions in Nebraska are part of a larger cougar population throughout the western states and can roam freely from state to state, particularly from Nebraska to South Dakota and Wyoming.