Nebraska cougar license plate bill advances

A bill introduced to the Nebraska unicameral legislature by Senator Ernie Chambers that would create a specialty cougar license plate has advanced from the Transportation and Telecommunications Committee by a 6-0 vote.

According to the Omaha World-Herald, “Proceeds from sales of the specialty plates, estimated at $19,000 a year, would help finance programs to educate the public about wildlife conservation.”

Regardless of whether Senator Chambers’ latest attempt to eliminate mountain lion hunting in Nebraska succeed, the cougar license plate bill is an important advancement. It shows that there are legitimate sources of funding to support wildlife management and conservation other than hunting license revenue.