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Mountain lion kills calf

Mountain lion kills calf

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The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is set to vote on draft regulations that would allow hunters to kill three mountain lions during two open seasons in the Pine Ridge area.

Nebraska Game and Parks Commission officials have confirmed that a mountain lion killed a calf near Brewster in Blaine County.

This is the first confirmed instance of livestock depredation in Nebraska by a mountain lion in modern times, the commission said in a news release.

The owner of the calf contacted the agency April 2 after finding the calf carcass, which had been dragged about 60 yards from a calving corral into a shelterbelt and eaten. Blaine County is in north-central Nebraska.

A commission representative examined the carcass and immediate vicinity the following day. The condition of the carcass suggested a mountain lion could have been responsible, but a sample of fresh droppings, or scat, found nearby was sent to a federal genetics laboratory.

Last week, scientists at the lab found that the sample came from a mountain lion based on diagnostic genetic evidence. That confirmed that a lion was involved, the commission said.

Under state law, the owner of the calf requested and was issued a 30-day permit to kill a mountain lion on his property. If he does, he must transfer the animal to the commission.

Although this is Nebraska's first recent confirmed livestock loss from a mountain lion, their activity is confirmed each year in western states with large mountain lion populations.

 

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