We the people of the world, respectfully are urging Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman you to stop Mountain lion hunting in Nebraska. As stated below, there is no danger to people or cattle from these magnificent animals. Mountain lions actually help keep people save by reducing the amount of deer on the roads.
Mountain lions will be hunted in most parts of Nebraska in 2014. It will be the first year hunting of them will occur in the state (South Dakota has already allowed a number of hunts.)
Curiously, there is only one area of Nebraska that is known to have a reproducing population of mountain lions. Pine Ridge is the name of this site, and there are only 15-22 cats there. Six or less are female. The rationale for allowing a mountain lion hunting season is to cause a modest reduction in the number of Pine Ridge mountain lions. However, no attacks or incidents by them upon humans have taken place.
PLEASE SIGN PETITION SO WE DON'T SEE PICTURES LIKE THE ONE BELOW OF A KILLED MOUNTAIN LION BY A NEBRASKA RESIDENT!
PETITION:Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman (@Gov_Heineman):
STOP Mountain Lions HUNTING in Nebraska!!
Legal Status of Mountain Lions in Nebraska
L B 928 (2012) "a bill for an act relating to mountain lions"
On January 10, 2012 Senator LeRoy Louden of Ellsworth, NE introduced Legislative Bill (L
LB 928, "a bill for an act relating to mountain lions." LB 928's statement of intent reads:
"LB 928 would authorize the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission to provide permits for hunting mountain lions by allowing Nebraska residents to pay $25 for a chance to win a mountain lion hunting permit in a random drawing. Non-residents would be able to get permits through an auction."
Thumbnail of LB 928. Click to open a pdf of the bill.
The bill was passed with an emergency clause 49-0 on April 11, 2012, and was approved by the Governor on April 17, 2012. The emergency clause allows for the bill to take effect immediately upon signing by the governor. What this means is the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission now has the ability to issue hunting permits for mountain lions should they find it appropriate to hold a hunting season.
This bill allows, but does not require, the Game and Parks Commission to issue hunting permits for mountain lions in Nebraska. The bill calls for the agency to issue a drawing for residents and a non-resident auction to take place in order to obtain a hunting permit.
This is in similar fashion to the way NGPC conducts a tag lottery for bighorn sheep, the first season taking place in 1998. Residents pay an application fee to win a bighorn tag that is randomly drawn, while an auction is held for an additional tag for non-residents. The agency has also kept bighorn season closed on four occasions — 2006, 2007, 2010, and 2012 — to allow for herd recovery after hard years.