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In April of 2012, Nebraska passed Legislative Bill 928 which allows the sport hunting of cougars.

The bill was introduced in response to increased sightings of cougars in the state. The cougar population in Nebraska is estimated to be fewer than 60, about 22 of which are a confirmed breeding population in the northwest portion of the state.

In 2013, the state's first cougar hunt was unanimously approved by the Game and Parks Commission.

Residents may apply for (a cost of $15) the one permit available for the first hunt season- January 1-February 14 in the Pine Ridge Unit in Northwest Nebraska. One more permit for the first season will be auctioned, the proceeds of which will be donated to the Commission for mountain lion conservation, management and research. The quota for the first season is two male mountain lions or one female.

The second season begins February 15 and ends March 31. 100 hunters will receive permits by lottery for the second season in the Pine Ridge Unit with a quota of two males or one female.

Beginning on January 1 permits (a cost of $15) will be sold for the Prairie Unit which covers about 85 percent of the state. The Prairie Unit will be open all year with an unlimited quota.

Please consider donating to the Cougar Fund by visiting our Donate page, or by shopping in our Store. Thank you.