After a five-year-hiatus, there will be a mountain lion hunt in Nebraska.
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has unanimously approved a mountain lion hunting season for next year. Sam Wilson, a biologist with Game and Parks, says the move was motivated by two primary factors.
First, mountain lion populations have steadily increased since the state’s last mountain lion hunting season in 2014. Wilson says this is especially true in western Nebraska’s Pine Ridge region, where next year’s hunt is set to take place.
“We conducted some surveys and determined the mountain lion population there had grown,” says Wilson, “it’s more than double the size it was in 2014.”
Second, public outcry was growing too loud to ignore, he says.
“We’ve received input from local people and landowners in the Pine Ridge that they would like a hunting season or reduced numbers of mountain lions in the area because they have concerns regarding depredation, human safety and big game prey population,” says Wilson.
The hunt is scheduled to run January through March
To ensure the longevity of the species, the hunt will have strict rules. For starters, hunting is only authorized to take place in the Pine Ridge Region of the state. Additionally the season only allows for eight lions to be harvested. The season will end early in four females are harvested.
For more rules and regulation, click here for the Nebraska Game and Parks website.