Unintentionally trapped mountain lion killed

LINCOLN, Neb. – A mountain lion was unintentionally killed in a cable restraint trap in Scotts Bluff County on Jan. 9, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

The mountain lion was a female weighing approximately 81 pounds that appeared to be in good health.

The trapper called Game and Parks immediately upon discovering the mountain lion, as required by Game and Parks policy. High pelt prices have led to an increased effort to trap bobcats and may have contributed to the incidental capture of the mountain lion, according to Sam Wilson, Game and Parks' carnivore program manager.

Game and Parks requests fur harvesters immediately contact the agency if a mountain lion is unintentionally trapped. Anyone with trail camera photographs or other evidence of mountain lions should contact the agency.

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