CHADRON, Neb. –– A male mountain lion was shot and killed Wednesday in northwest Nebraska after a man’s attempts to scare off the cat failed, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.
The early-evening incident took place about 10 miles south of Chadron.
Game and Parks officials gave this account of the incident:
A man, who was not identified, spotted the cougar while walking along a creek near his home. The man estimated the lion was about 20 yards from him. The man continued walking, and the lion walked parallel to him at the same pace. The man made noise to scare off the lion, but the big cat showed no fear. The resident then shot the cat with a 9mm handgun and notified Game and Parks officials.
The shooting occurred about 150 yards from the man’s home. The lion weighed approximately 160 pounds.
Mountain lions are protected year-round in Nebraska but may be killed if threatening people or attacking livestock. Officials investigated the incident a short time later and determined the physical evidence was consistent with the resident’s account.
It was the second cougar shot by a resident in the last two months. A Sheridan County resident killed a 2-year-old female mountain lion that was feeding on a white-tailed deer near his property Feb. 8.
Sam Wilson, Game and Parks carnivore program manager, said the agency is interested in documenting observations or game-camera photographs of mountain lions. Observations should be reported to the nearest Game and Parks office or call 402-471-0641.
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