A 15-year-old deer hunter from Wayne killed a mountain lion near Creighton in northeast Nebraska on Saturday, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.
The boy spotted the mountain lion 10 feet away before shooting and killing it in a Knox County shelter belt, the commission said in a news release.
The mountain lion was a young male, typical of those found in Nebraska outside of the Panhandle. The carcass was turned over to the commission, as required by law.
It was the 52nd confirmed mountain lion sighting in Nebraska outside of the Pine Ridge since 1991.
Mountain lions are protected year-round in Nebraska but may be killed if threatening people or attacking livestock. No charges will be filed, as evidence indicated self-defense, the commission said.