The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission (NGPC) is spreading the word about the state’s new mountain lion management plan.
Sam Wilson, fur-bearer and carnivore program manager, says upcoming meetings will focus on the document’s goals and the game animal’s impact.
“The Game and Parks Commission has been successful managing game animals like deer, elk, and turkey, and those species have thrived in the state over the long-term with harvest seasons,” Wilson tells Nebraska Radio Network. “That’s something we do state in our management plan. We’ll use a harvest season when it’s appropriate.”
Wilson says there are about 60 mountain lions in the Pine Ridge area.
He says other populations exist elsewhere in Nebraska.
“We have reproducing populations in the Niobrara River Valley and the Wildcat Hills, but we don’t have population estimates for those areas, because they’re more newly formed,” he explains.
In additon to those populations, Wilson says there are a few mountain lions that can wander the remainder of the state.
The public meetings will be used to share information with people who are interested in the animal and those most affected by their presence in the state.
“We have landowners who raise livestock who are concerned and want to know what Game and Parks, or they, can do to make sure that their livestock are safe,” Wilson says. “Fortunately for us, depradation events in Nebraska have been very rare.”
All meetings will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., local time. The meeting schedule:
- April 3 – Chadron, Chadron State College Student Center Ballroom, 1000 Main St.
- April 4 – Gering, Gering Civic Center, 1050 M St.
- April 11 – Valentine, Cherry County Fairgrounds, 120 S. Green St.
One meeting has already been held March 22 in North Platte.