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Lions Hoping Time is On Their Side

One of the nation's most impassioned mountain lion advocates, Nebraska State Senator Ernie Chambers was hard at work (and play!) last Thursday on behalf of mountain lions.

Senator Chambers in took charge of the microphone on the Nebraska Senate floor to speak to his constituents about his plan to filibuster LB745 in his continued attempt to ban mountain lion hunting in the state.

You can WATCH LIVE on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at 7:00 a.m. Pacific Time to see what happens next.

LB975 would increase prices on hunting and fishing permits and fund the Game and Parks Commission in Nebraska. The Commission is the entity which made poor decisions by allowing a mountain lion hunt in Nebraska in 2014.

Photo of Nebraska Senator Ernie Chambers.

Chambers sang "Time is on My Side. Yes it is!" (VIDEO) to explain that he's going to take all the time he needs to get his message across when the session continues on Tuesday at 9 a.m. Central Time, 7 a.m. Pacific.

Chambers has recently experienced both wins and losses in his efforts to protect mountain lions in his state, considered a gateway state for mountain lion recovery to the east.

This month the governor signed Senator Chambers' LB474 creating special license plates featuring mountain lions.

However, in late February 2016 the legislature's Natural Resources committee indefinitely postponed Chambers' bill LB961 to ban mountain lion hunting.

Chambers' singular focus the week of March 14 will be filibustering on behalf of our lions.

The Legislature will continue first-round debate on the fishing and hunting fees on Tuesday, and Chambers has vowed to fill the maximum six hours voicing his objections.

"I'm just revving my engine up to really get into the battle," Chambers said. "I haven't even started reading the material I have brought."

Tune in to WATCH LIVE on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at 7:00 a.m. Pacific Time to see what happens next.

A Brief Summary of Mountain Lion Status in Nebraska

In 2013, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission (NGPC) estimated that 22 individual lions called the Pine Ridge region of northwest Nebraska home.

On January 1, 2014, Nebraska's inaugural lion hunt began. Up to four lions were authorized to be killed in the Pine Ridge before March 31st, and an unlimited number of lions could be hunted year round in the prairie region which encompasses approximately 85% of the state and would not count towards the quota.

In January 2015 NGPC Director Jim Douglas announced there would be no mountain lion hunting season in 2015. Claiming the Commission's decision was not a result of the controversy generated by Nebraska's inaugural lion hunt, Director Douglas indicated they need to review the situation and there might be a mountain lion hunt in 2016.



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