Game and Parks to review allowing mountain lion hunting

When the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission meets Friday morning in Lincoln, one of the top items will be whether to establish the state's first mountain lion hunting. In May, the commission took 90 minutes of testimony in Chadron, then postponed action to review what had been presented.

Game and Parks deputy director Tim McCoy says the result of the review is a new plan that has 101 lottery permits and starts the season January 1st, but with a pair of 6-week halves.

The first season, ending Valentine's Day, would be limited to 1 resident lottery winner and 1 permit sold at an auction open to non-residents as well. Those 2 hunters would be able to hunt with dogs.

The second half-season would be open to the other 100 lottery winners...who could not use dogs. McCoy says there are 2 lion limits in each half-season including up to 1 female in each.

It is estimated there are as many as 22 mountain ions living in the Pine Ridge area.

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