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YOU CAN HELP NEBRASKA LIONS

Stop the state from hunting the recently recolonizing pumas!

Mountain lions roamed the forests and hills of Nebraska until the late 1800s when humans hunted and trapped them into local extinction. Despite yearly reported sightings starting in the 1950s, no reported observations were confirmed until 1991 when a hunter shot one. Since then, a small population reestablished themselves in the northwest corner of the state. Though the population is tiny, estimated to be around 20 individuals, Nebraska Governor Dave Heinman signed LB 928 authorizing a mountain lion hunt.

Support Ernie Chambers’ attempts to protect the state’s cats - speak out against hunting this recovering population!

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Here's what you can do:

Immediate Steps:

  1. Read more about this issue.
  2. Send State Senator Ernie Chambers a letter of support:
    • Sen. Ernia Chambers
    • District 11
    • Room #1114
    • P.O. Box 94604
    • Lincoln, NE 68509
  3. Contact your local legislator and tell them that you are in favor of LB127.
    In your letter or telephone call, please point out:
    • Sport hunting is a terrible way to manage mountain lion populations.
    • Nebraska's mountain lion population is far too small to withstand a hunting season.
    • Over hunting eliminated the mountain lion from Nebraska a hundred years ago. We must learn from this mistake and protect the returning cats.
    • Sport hunting could trigger conditions that lead to more conflicts between the lions, livestock and people.
    • The majority of residents in Nebraska want a healthy mountain lion population and the best way to achieve this is by stopping the hunt and passing LB127.
  4. Order a mountain lion license plate and show your puma solidarity everywhere you drive!
  5. Build a coalition to learn from and educate people on how to peacefully coexist with the mountain lion population.
  6. Make the early voice a positive one. Write a letter to your local newspaper expressing your excitement about the presence of mountain lions in Nebraska and your views on the importance of protecting, rather than hunting, mountain lions in Nebraska.
  7. Distribute educational information on how residents can protect their pets and livestock. Consider animal shelters, veterinary clinics, 4H clubs, Scouting organizations, FFA, shooting clubs, and any other pertinent public location as potential outlets.
  8. Email policy@mountainlion.org and suggest local officials likely to be friendly to mountain lion conservation in Nebraska.


Interim Steps:

  1. Become familiar with Nebraska’s Mountain Lion Response Plan. Reach out to MLF and wildlife experts. Then attend relevant town, commission and council meetings and ask them to:
    1. Put a stop to the hunt
    2. Request a system be set up, and a real effort be made, to rehabilitate and release lions subjected to bycatch, which under current legislation would otherwise be killed.
  2. Do you know of a state official that may not yet understand the importance of protecting mountain lions in Nebraska? Write to them:
    1. Explain the ecological importance of a thriving mountain lion population within Nebraska, and as a dispersal corridor to other states.
    2. Let them know that you, a relevant stakeholder, support allowing the mountain lion population to recover.
    3. Ask them to ensure non-lethal steps are required to remove or deter mountain lions from damaging property before considering lethal action.
  3. Contact the Wild Neighbors Program to request information and professional training for community leaders, animal control and police on effective ways to deal with urban wildlife conflicts.

Long term Steps:

  1. Request to meet with your state legislators about Nebraska Revised Statute 37-559 (2).
    1. Ask for an end to the state’s mountain lion hunt.
    2. Ask for mandatory preventative measures by farmers or ranchers that will help avoid situations in which mountain lions may be taken for depredation.
    3. Address depredation permitting. Require non-lethal be used first.


 
Graph of human-caused lion mortality in NE.

ON AIR: Phil Carter - One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

03/19/13 An Audio Interview with Julie West, MLF Broadcaster

In this edition of our audio podcast ON AIR, MLF Volunteer Julie West interviews mountain lion program manager Phil Carter of Animal Protection of Nebraska. Carter discusses the often ridiculous lengths the Nebraska Department of Game and Fish will go to to disregard the public, bury scientific research, and ignore all common sense. Trying to protect mountain lions in Nebraska and incorporate the best science into management has turned into a game of one step forward, two steps back.

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Becoming a Mountain Lion Activist

There are lots of opportunities to take action!

Are you new to mountain lion activism? You want to change your local environment to improve it for cougars... but you don't know how to start. You may feel like you are all alone... but it takes just one person to change the attitudes and lifestyles of hundreds of others. You don't need to belong to a group. It doesn't take special skills or superhuman abilities. You just need to care enough about cougars to want to help them survive. You've already done the hard part, now let us help you with the next step.

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Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

Commonly abbreviated as: NGPC

Jim Douglass, Director

Main Office:
2200 N 33rd Street
Lincoln, NE 68503
(402) 471-0641



Furbearer/Carnivore Program
Sam Wilson
2200 N 33rd Street PO Box 30370
Lincoln, NE 68503
(402) 471-5174

Please write to the director and express your concern for lions in Nebraska.

Thank the agency when they take steps to protect our state's cougars. When they fall short of expectations, politely ask for policy reform and more officer training.
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