Debate over Nebraska cougar hunt continues

Yesterday, Nebraska’s Natural Resources Committee held its first public hearing on LB 127, a bill that would eliminate the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s authority to hold and regulate a cougar hunting season. Senator Ernie Chambers, the bill’s sponsor, along with a number of other citizens testified in support of LB 127. Much of their testimony focused on the extremely small lion population in Nebraska as well as the fact that sport hunting is not a science-based management tool.

We supported efforts last year to repeal Nebraska’s cougar hunt, and have already written to the Nebraska Legislature in support of LB 127. We will continue to update our Policy Watch page with news related to LB 127 and opportunities for the public to comment.

To learn more about yesterday’s hearing & testimony, read the full news stories from the Lincoln Journal Star and the Omaha World Herald:

http://journalstar.com/legislature/mountain-lion-hunting-discussion-continues-in-committee/article_1f037911-fba2-5654-91af-bd8e136ea993.html

http://www.omaha.com/outdoors/sen-ernie-chambers-shows-his-claws-in-effort-to-foil/article_bfec659e-09bf-532b-9c93-4338ef14588f.html