(Neb)-Application Period Open For Auxiliary Mountain Lion Season
LINCOLN, Neb. - Nebraska Game and Parks says the 5-day application period for an auxiliary mountain lion hunting season in the Pine Ridge north of Highway 20 is now open and runs through Tuesday.
The new lion season used this year ran Jan 1-Feb 28 with 2 subunits in the Pine Ridge west of Highway 27, one north of Highway 20 and the other south of it.
Each had a limit of 4 mountain lions or 2 females - whichever was reached first. The South unit reached its limit with 3 males and 1 female several weeks, but hunters failed to take any big cats in the North Unit.
That triggered a special or auxiliary season for the North Unit running March 15-31, but with the number of permits issued limited to 4 - the number of lions left under the season limit.
Eligible permit holders for the North Subunit's initial season may apply for the auxiliary season permit drawing at outdoornebraska.gov/mountainliondraw. The bag limit for each permit is one mountain lion.
There are 2 differences from the regular season rules: hunting on public land is not allowed and dogs may be use.
Once the auxiliary season opens, its status will be posted on Game and Parks' mountain lion harvest season webpage (outdoornebraska.gov/mountainlionhunting) and 1-800 number that hunters are required to check before hunting mountain lions each day.
Game and Parks biologists say the mountain lion season is intended to halt the growth in or moderately reduce the number of big cats, keeping a resilient, healthy, and socially acceptable population in balance over time with habitat and other wildlife species.
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