Officials with Nebraska Game and Parks searched an Elkhorn neighborhood this week after a mountain lion sighting near the area of 204th and Veterans Drive.
Fur Bearer and Carnivore Program Manager Sam Wilson says they found no evidence of a big cat.
Wilson says, “We investigated and also the Omaha Police Department investigated and we found no evidence of a mountain lion. Our agency, since we are scientifically based, if there is any evidence, physical evidence at all that mountain lion was there we would confirm it. That could be tracks, scat, hair or a picture of a lion or an observation. No evidence in this case.”
Wilson says there are no populations of mountain lions in eastern Nebraska that they know of. They have to wander in from the Rocky Mountains, the Niobrara Valley or the Black Hills. He says while the big cats can walk a long ways it is very rare that one would come here.
With that said, back in 2003 a mountain lion was found near 114th and West Dodge Road in Omaha. He was captured and treated for injuries at the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium where he remained until his death earlier this year.
Wilson they are also getting reports of coyote sightings. He says they are very territorial and are protective. They will scrappers and will fight with other animals, especially smaller dogs, to protect their turf. These areas are typically wooded, on park land and creek bottoms that lead into towns.