Nebraska’s mountain lions had been wiped out by the late 1800s, but a few dozen of these wild cats have slowly returned to the Pine Ridge region and reestablished a breeding population by the early 2000s. Despite their still very small numbers, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission allows trophy hunters to kill mountain lions, including with the use of hounds to track and chase them during part of the trophy hunting season.
The current population of around 34 total mountain lions, or 22 independent lions (those who are old enough to be trophy hunted), is far too small and fragile to withstand trophy hunting in addition to the other grave threats they face, including frequent poaching and illegal trapping.
Additionally, trophy hunters are allowed to kill female mountain lions who may be caring for dependent kittens. A mother lion becomes an open target for trophy hunters when she leaves her den to find food for her family. Without their mom, dependent kittens likely will not survive or will lack the very important life skills they need. The result of trophy hunting means more conflicts with mountain lions, placing the burden on Nebraskans who do not want these animals needlessly killed in the first place.
Trophy hunting is an unnecessary, cruel practice that harms both Nebraskans and their wildlife. It’s time to end trophy hunting of Nebraska’s rare and iconic mountain lions.
The population is far too small and fragile to withstand trophy hunting in addition to the other grave threats they face, including frequent poaching and illegal trapping.
In fact, research shows that mountain lions are far more social than previously believed and hunting them causes social chaos resulting in the deaths of additional lions beyond the one killed by the hunter.
Will you take action today and add your voice in support of ending trophy hunting in Nebraska?