(Neb)-Chadron Hosting NGPC Mountain Lion Meeting Tonight Listen
CHADRON - Nebraska Game and Parks resumes its series of 4 informational meetings on mountain lions tonight from 7-9:00 in the Chadron State College Student Center Ballroom.
Game and Parks carnivore program manager Sam Wilson says the meeting is intended to give residents on update on mountain lions in the state and address any concerns of the public.
Wilson says Nebraska has 3 resident populations of mountain lions in the Wildcat Hills, along the Niobrara River in the north-central part of the state, and the Pine Ridge. A survey last May and June estimated the population in the Pine Ridge at about 60 adults and kittens.
The Game and Parks Commission held a mountain lion hunting season in 2015 when the estimate was between 24 and 33 big cats that saw hunters take 3 males and 2 females. No season has been held since then due to non-hunting deaths of several lions, but Wilson says it remains an option under the new management plan that could be considered later this year.
He's in the middle of a multi-year study of Nebraska's mountain lion population that's scheduled to run through the end of next year. He says data from the study has and will continue to shape management decisions regarding the species.
Wilson says the goal is to manage mountain lions so that the population and individual animals are healthy, resilient, in balance with nature, and socially acceptable.
There will be two more update-input meetings - tonight at the Gering Civic Center and next Wednesday at the Cherry County Fairgrounds in Valentine, both from 7-9:00. The first meeting two weeks in North Platte drew between 50 and 80 people.
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