Take Action Today! Nebraska sportsmen need to contact their state legislator and ask them to vote NO on LB 46. Members can find their state legislator by using the Sportsmen’s Alliance Legislative Action Center.
Nebraska Sen. Ernie Chambers (NP-Omaha) has introduced Legislative Bill 46, which would prevent mountain lions from being hunted. It will receive a hearing in the Natural Resources Committee on Feb. 21 at 1:30 p.m. in room 1525 of the Capitol Building.
LB 46 would override the commission’s authority to properly manage mountain lions and prevent any future hunting of this apex predator by removing mountain lions from the list of game species.
Even though the mountain lion is considered a game species in Nebraska, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has been careful with its management plans and did not hold a hunting season for mountain lions during the 2015-17 seasons because of a high mortality rate unrelated to hunting.
In 2018, however, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission determined that a season should be re-established in 2019, and is once again taking a conservative approach to the hunt by limiting it to two sub-units in the Pine Ridge area of the state. This conservative approach has not satisfied Sen. Chambers, who has long been a staunch opponent of hunting, regardless of the health of the species in Nebraska, and who has repeatedly referred all of the mountain lions in the state as “his lions.”
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