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Always a work in progress, this page is a collection of publications, articles, photos, reports, regulations, comment letters and legislation we have complied through the years.

Current efforts include making each publication an active link, either to the publication itself, or, for materials under strict copyright protection, to an abstract and an opportunity to purchase the material.

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  • The status of Puma concolor in Nebraska.

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  • Cougar science and research in Nebraska.

  • Our library of media, research and reports.

  • How you can take action to help!

Nebraska Cougar Files Sorted by Type

Scientific Research

  • Benedict, R. A., Freeman, P. W., & Genoways, H. H. (1996). Prairie Legacies - Mammals. Prairie Conservation: Preserving North American’s Most Endangered Ecosystem, 17.
  • Benedict, R. A., Genoways, H. H., & Freeman, P. W. (2000). Shifting distributional patterns of mammals in Nebraska. Transactions of the Nebraska Academy of Sciences, 26, 55–84.
  • Freeman, P. W. (2005). Mammalogy Papers: University of Nebraska Nebraska ’ s Endangered Species , Part 6: Threatened and Endangered Mammals Nebraska ’ s Endangered Species Part 6: Threatened and Endangered Mammals.
  • Freeman, P. W., & Lemen, C. A. (2007). The trade-off between tooth strength and tooth penetration: Predicting optimal shape of canine teeth. Journal of Zoology, 273(3), 273–280.
  • Freeman, P. W., Lemen, C. a, Freeman, P. W., & Lemen, C. (2006). An experimental approach to modeling the strength of canine teeth An experimental approach to modeling the strength of canine teeth.
  • Genoways, H. H., & Freeman, P. W. (1996). Mammalogy Papers: University of Nebraska a Recent record of mountain lions in Nebraska, 2–4.
  • Hoffman, J., & Genoways, H. (2005). Recent records of formerly extirpated carnivores in Nebraska. Prairie Naturalist, 37(4), 225–245.
  • Landholt, L. M., & Genoways, H. H. (2000). Population trends in furbearers in Nebraska. Transactions of the Nebraska Academy of Sciences, 26, 97–110.
  • Smith, A., & Smith, D. A. (1996). Mammals of the Mixedwood Plains Ecozone. Assessment of Species Diversity in the Mixedwood Plains Ecozone.
  • Wilson, S., Hoffman, J. D., & Genoways, H. H. (2010). Observations of Reproduction in Mountain Lions from Nebraska. Western North American Naturalist, 70(2), 238–240.

Agency Reports

  • Langan, M. (2013). Mountain Lions and Cherry County Property.
  • Marshall, C. (n.d.). Answers to Questions Posed by Commissioner Marshall.
  • NGPC. (2012). Nebraska Game and Parks Commission 2200 N 33, 68503.
  • NGPC. (2012). Puma Mortalities, 68503.
  • NGPC. (2013). Confirmed Mountain Lion Presence in Nebraska 1991- Present, 1–7.
  • NGPC. (2013). Mountain lion hunting seasons, 1–24.
  • NGPC. (2014). 2014 Prairie Mountain Lion Management Unit.
  • NGPC. (2014). Agency working to learn more about mountain lions in Nebraska, 2014–2015.
  • NGPC. (2014). Agency Works to Learn More About Mountain Lions in Nebraska.
  • NGPC. (2014). The Value of Predators - Nebraskaland Magazine.pdf.
  • NGPC. (n.d.). Mountain Lion Response Plan.
  • NGPC. (n.d.). NE A NGPC Cougar Mortality Statistics.pdf.
  • NGPC. Title 163.


  • Legislature. (1998). The Nebraska Nongame and Endangered Species Conservation Act (NESCA) ARTICLE 8 . NONGAME AND ENDANGERED SPECIES CONSERVATION ACT . § 37-806 . Endangered or threatened species; how determined; commission; powers and duties; unlawful acts; exceptions, (1993).
  • Legislature. (2009). One Hundred First of Nebraska Legislature First Session Legislative Bill 437, 1–6.
  • Legislature. (2010). One Hundred of Nebraska legislature - First second session Bill 836, 1–6.
  • Secretary of State (2013). How to use the initiative and referendum process in Nebraska, (June).


  • Grier, B., Game, N., & Commission, P. (2009). Return of the Big Cats Text and photos by Michael Forsberg, (December), 39–41.
  • Nebraskan, D., Hirst, B. E., & Baskin, C. (2010). Farmers could shoot mountain lions if bill passes.
  • Humane Society 2008 Workers Spot Mountain Lion.
  • Associated Press 2008 Mountain Lion Killed on North Side of Scottsbluff. Associated Press.
  • Associated Press 2008 Neb. Associated Press.
  • Associated Press 2008 Official Says Omaha Sees 20 30 Reports of Cougar Sightings a Year. Associated Press.
  • Associated Press 2008 Scottsbluff Zoo Director Says “Something Wrong” with Mountain lion. Associated Press.
  • Associated Press Officals Call Off Search for Mountain Lion. Associated Press.
  • High Country News Letheby 2005 Lions and Tigers and Wolves, oh my, Even in the Midwest.
  • INAR News Service 2008 Claws Show Mountain Lion Traveled Hundreds of Miles.
  • Lambley 2005 Sorting Fact From Fiction.
  • Midland News Service Szalewski 2008 Big Cat Eludes Officers After Sightings.
  • NP Telegraph 2013 Cougar hunting hits a snare.
  • Sun Newspapers Jerde 2005 EP Residen; Get Rid of Cougars Now.
  • World Herald Larson 2008 “Probable” Cougar Sighting Leads to Searches.
  • Hendee 2015 Nebraska wont have mountain lion hunting season in 2015.
  • Statutes, R., & Supplement, C. (2013). Legislative Bill 160, 1–13.
  • Stoddard, B. M. (2010). Bills aim at mountain lions , deer.

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Environmental Scorecard

League of Conservation Voters

The League of Conservation Voters' scorecard considers the State Legislature's environmental records since 1971. It quantifies the environmental votes of each individual legislator — an important first step in considering accountability — and provides critical qualitative assessments as well. The scorecard will help you to know your legislator before you write a letter in support of cougars.

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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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