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.
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.