Its official. Nebraska has held its lottery, as well as a special auction hosted by the Nebraska Big Game Society. Now we know exactly how many Nebraskans want to hunt mountain lions and what a big money-maker for the state it really is.
The answers to those questions are not many, and not very much.
According to 2012 census data, Nebraska is home to 1.856 million residents. This is nearly a million more than its northern neighbor South Dakota — where all the lions are coming from. Out of that total, the 2011 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation estimates that only 115,000 or 1 out of 16 Nebraskans hunt. That number drops to 86,000 and 1 out of 21 Nebraskans when you only count those who . . .
Last Friday afternoon, an Iowa Conservation Officer and a local hunter shot and killed a 130-lb male mountain lion in a wooded area near the Rock River, about four miles south of Rock Valley, Iowa.
Kevin Baskins, a spokesman for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) said the lion was first spotted Thursday evening by the hunter while he was checking images taken on his trail camera. The hunter visited the area with a neighbor to confirm the sighting and spotted the animal hiding in . . .
Despite the promotion of the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation (NAMWC), there are many apparent contradictions between the ideal and how wildlife is actually managed by state wildlife agencies. NAMWC prohibits the frivolous killing and waste of wildlife. Given that few hunters actually consume coyotes, wolves, cougars, and even bears, it is obviously a "waste" of wildlife to shoot or trap these animals just for "fun." One of the major weaknesses of the current polities of state agencies is the bias towards huntable wildlife. Some 99% of all other wildlife is ignored and suffers benign neglect, or worse...
Cougar Rewilding Foundation President Chris Spatz discusses Nebraska's recent mountain lion policy changes. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission (NGPC) has adopted an outdated anti-mountain lion stance with virtually no public support. With science and local residents backing the need to protect this tiny budding colony of lions, why is the NGPC pushing so hard to eradicate the species? Nebraska's zero tolerance policy may prevent the lion from reclaiming not only the Prairie, but the entire eastern seaboard.
09/23/13 Article by Mountain Lion Foundation Staff
Mountain lions in the United States face many threats—not the least of which are wildlife management policies that don't seem overly concerned about the species' survival. Year after year the hunting quotas for mountain lions go up and agencies are less certain about the number of lions living in their states, while quite sure that the populations are healthy and growing. Itss this vast uncertainty that agonizes conservationists. In the governments' game of sleight of hand, the lion is always the loser.
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