Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Mountain lion shot at Nebraska ranch

Published Tuesday February 23, 2010

By David Hendee

A mountain lion was shot and killed Sunday by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission at a ranch northwest of Rushville, Neb.

Conservation officers were notified early Sunday morning of a mountain lion hiding under a livestock trailer near a ranch house.

The responding conservation officer determined the cougar was a safety risk because of the cat's proximity to the house and the people on site, officials said Monday.

The mountain lion was a female, weighing about 100 pounds. It did not appear to have been nursing kittens.

It was the 96th confirmed mountain lion sighting in Nebraska since 1991 and the 68th in the Pine Ridge.



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