A mountain lion has killed a goat in western Nebraska.
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission reports a male mountain lion killed a domestic goat near Chadron in Dawes County.
The owner of the goat notified Game and Parks Monday after finding the dead animal. Game and Parks biologists report the condition of the carcass and the presence of nearby mountain lion evidence suggests a high probability that a cougar killed the goat.
The mountain lion has been found and euthanized.
“In Nebraska, people are allowed to protect themselves and their livestock from immediate threats from mountain lions,” Alicia Hardin, wildlife division administrator for Game and Parks, said in a written statement. “In cases of confirmed depredation, Game and Parks will assist in euthanizing the mountain lion upon the owner’s request.”
This is the fourth confirmed case of livestock depredation since Nebraska officials confirmed mountain lions had returned to the state in 1991. The other cases: a calf in Blaine County in 2014, a calf in Sheridan County in 2017, and two goats in Dawes County in 2017.