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Extended Mountain Lion Season Falls 1 Short Of Bag Limit

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Nebraska Game and Parks says the state’s extended 2020 mountain lion hunting season ended Tuesday with hunters failing to take this year’s full bag of 8 big cats.

The season uses 2 subunits in the Pine Ridge region, one north of Highway 20 and the other south of the highway – both with limits of 4 lions or 2 females, whichever is reached first.

The South subunit closed more than 3 weeks before its scheduled end February 28th when hunters killed 3 males and 1 female, but the North subunit reached the end of the season with no lions taken.

That triggered a special 2-week Auxiliary season starting March 15 with permits going to 4 hunters who had been unsuccessful hopefuls in the permit lottery for the regular season.

Despite being able to use dogs, a practice banned in the regular season, only 3 of the hunters were able to bag a cougar – 2 of them taking males and one a female.

Game and Parks biologists say the mountain lion season reduces the population density of the species in the Pine Ridge to a level that allows the population to remain reilient and healthy but at a level that lessens the impact on other wildlife species and the chances of contact with humans.

More information about mountain lions in Nebraska is available on the Game and Parks website OutdoorNebraska.gov/mountainlions.