2 mountain lions harvested in Sioux, Dawes counties

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission says two mountain lions were harvested on Thursday during Nebraska's first regulated hunting season.

Both hunters harvested male mountain lions.

The largest, weighing 138 pounds, was harvested in Dawes County. The other, weighing 103 pounds, was harvested in Sioux County.

The hunt took place in the Pine Ridge Unit of northwest Nebraska. The state's inaugural season, which opened on New Year's Day, ended with the harvest of two lions. The Game and Parks Commission issued two permits in the first season. One permit was issued by auction, while the other by lottery.

A second season in the Pine Ridge Unit will open on February 15. There will be 100 permits issued by lottery for that season. The season will close March 31, or when two male or one female lions are harvested.

There are unlimited permits available for residents wishing to hunt mountain lions in the Prairie Unit, which covers most of the rest of the state. There will be no 2014 mountain lion season in the Upper Platte region -- which is areas south of the North Platte River in the Panhandle, and the Keya Paha region in northern Nebraska.

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