Associated Press - November 28, 2009 6:55 PM ET
SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (AP) - Two hunters in western Nebraska's Pine Ridge area have had close encounters with mountain lions in the last week.
Todd Nordeen is district wildlife manager for the Nebraska Game and Parks commission. He says in both cases the cougar showed up after the hunter had either wounded or killed deer.
Nordeen says the hunter with the wounded deer found it being attacked by the lion. He fired again at the deer, killing it and scaring off the mountain lion.
Upon returning from getting field-dressing equipment, he found the lion had returned and eaten part of the deer.
Mountain lions are protected in Nebraska. Nordeen says anyone who sees one near their home or livestock needs to contact local authorities or Game and Parks before taking lethal action.
Information from: KNEB-AM, http://www.kneb.com
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