Mountain Lion Hunting To Continue In Nebraska

A hunting season for mountain lions in Nebraska will continue to be managed by Nebraska Game and Parks.

State lawmakers this morning voted 24 to 21 not to override the governor's veto of a bill to ban mountain lion hunting.

Senator Ernie Chambers had pleaded with lawmakers to end the killing of the near extinct species.

In his veto message, Heineman told senators that he decided not to sign the repeal bill because a majority of them had initially favored the enactment of the 2012 law that allowed mountain Lion hunting.

Heineman said LB 671 would also eliminate an important tool used to accomplish responsible wildlife management in the state.

Chambers said the governor was wrong on both counts. He and Senator Bob Crist told lawmakers that the only reason it passed in 2012 was because of other issues tied to the bill.

Supporters of the override said with only 20 to 25 mountain lions in the state, there's no need to manage them through hunting.

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