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ASO received a note from Dr. Paul Johnsgard
asking me to forward some information about a resource he treasures
highly. This is partly what was sent.
“You probably saw another mountain lion has been
killed in Nebraska; at least the 10th this year, and probably about the
14th, considering the loss of a lactating female. I think that the
open season by Neb. Game and Parks is a disgrace. The
Commissioners are meeting on October 23rd to discuss next year’s
possible season. I am writing to friends to urge them to oppose a
season. If you can get word of it to friends such as the Audubon
Society of Omaha before the Oct. 23rd meeting I would be grateful.”
He then includes a list of reasons for his
opposition to another hunting season. He also provides the website
for the article he wrote about Mt. Lions in February. I don’t know
where any of you stand on this issue, but I’m sure you are aware of the
controversy. Do what you want with this information (calls,
Mountain Lion (Cougar) Deaths in
Another mountain lion was killed
recently in Knox County. This is at least the tenth reported cougar
death this year, not counting the unknown number of kittens (probably
four) that starved when a lactating female was killed earlier.
1 &2: Two were killed on January 1 and 2, at
the start of Nebraska’s first hunting season. Both were killed by
treeing the animals with dogs, then shooting them execution-style. One
was killed by a man who bought the permit ($13,500) at auction; the
other was killed by a teenager who won a Game & Park’s fund-raising
3: An adult male was accidentally killed by a
vehicle on February 1, in Sioux County.
4: An adult was accidently killed by a cable
entanglement in Custer County, February 16.
5: An adult female was killed for sport on
February 26 in Sioux County, ending the second phase of legal hunting,
but leaving most of the state open for the rest of the year.
6: A young male was shot on March 21 when
seen "threatening" a chicken coop in Sheridan County.
7: An adult was caught in a trap set in Sioux
County sometime in June. The trap was left unattended by federal
government trappers, and the decaying carcass was not found until early
8. A young female was shot near Chadron,
Sioux County, July 19.
9. A lactating female was illegally shot by a
hunter in early September, in Sioux County. Her kittens were not found
and no doubt starved.
10. An adult male was killed legally by a
hunter in Knox County, October 5. It was killed in the prairie hunting
unit, which covers about 85 percent of the state, and which remains open
to legal hunting for the rest of the year.
Unless sufficient outrage is made
evident over the fact than in less than a year over half of the state's
estimated mountain lion population (20-22) has been eliminated, thanks
in large part to Game & Parks' concerted efforts to make killing
mountain lions, the state’s rarest native mammal, a sport in Nebraska,
It is likely that there will be another season next year; It is a real
money-maker for the Commission, probably bringing in $15,000 in lottery
proceeds and license fees. I urge the public to make their
feelings on this subject known to the Game & Parks Commission and to
local media. I believe it was the Game & Parks commissioners who are
largely responsible for this debacle, so, if you let the commissioners
know your feelings, that is probably most effective. Their next meeting,
on Oct. 23, will probably consider next year’s season
For those who may wish to respond, a good source of information on
cougars is the website of The Cougar Fund (founded by Tom Mangelsen):
www.cougarfund.org/. Also, my piece in the February, 2014, issue
of Prairie Fire is useful and is available both at the Fund’s website
and at Prairie Fire’s site:
Paul A. Johnsgard