LINCOLN — Nebraska lawmakers gave first-round approval to a bill ending the mountain lion hunting season in the state.
The vote was 31-5.
Legislative Bill 671, introduced by State Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha, repeals the 2012 law that authorized the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission to conduct cougar hunts.
After the bill advanced, Chambers thanked colleagues for their vote.
The legislation would repeal the 2012 law that authorized the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission to conduct cougar hunts. Chambers had vowed to block funding for the Game and Parks Commission if the hunting season continued.
Hunters killed two male lions in January during the first part of the season.