The owner of the goats contacted Game and Parks October 24th after discovering the carcasses. Game and Parks biologists examined the carcasses and the immediate vicinity. Both the condition of the carcasses and signs that a mountain lion had been at the scene suggested a “high probability that a mountain lion was responsible.”
The cougar was euthanized in accordance with the Game and Parks Mountain Lion Response Plan.
Game and Parks says it is working with the landowner on how to prevent a recurrence.
This is the third confirmed instance of livestock depredation in Nebraska by a mountain lion in modern times, according to Game and Parks.