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Chambers' Stance

Senator Chambers told Roger Kuhn, a division administrator for Nebraska Game and Parks, that he had expressed his "displeasure, repugnance and disgust" to Nebraska Game and Parks Director James Douglas over the establishment of a mountain lion hunting season. He had told him to take the message to the commission that he would strenuously oppose any proposal as long as the hunting season continues.

Senator Chambers said he was also "thoroughly outraged" by the auction conducted for a mountain lion hunting permit by the Nebraska Big Game Society.

"I was told that fears led to the creation of a hunting season for these, what I consider to be regal animals," he said. "And these fears were engendered by the possibility or likelihood of these animals eating the grandchildren of Nebraskans."

That notion is baseless, he said, because there is an inconsequential number of mountain lions in the state and those few "have better taste than that."

"There is no need or justification whatsoever to hunt these animals," Chambers said Monday. "It's cruelty. It's barbaric. I will do what I can to stop it."

SUPPORT NEBRASKA LEGISLATIVE BILL 448


Senator Ernie Chambers has introduced Legislative Bill 448 to end the Nebraska mountain lion hunting season once and for all in 2017. This bill would repeal existing legislation that authorizes the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission to hold a lion hunt. This is not the first time that Senator Chambers has fought to stop the hunt. In 2012, the Nebraska legislature passed Legislative Bill 928 allowing a mountain lion hunting season. Outraged by the supposed need to lethally control the state's estimated 22 mountain lions, Senator Chambers introduced LB 671 to repeal the 2012 legislation. While LB 671 made it all the way to the Governor's desk, it was vetoed by the Governor.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON LEGISLATIVE BILL 448


Senator Chambers Continues to Fight for Lion Protection


Fulfilling his promise to try and save Nebraska's mountain lions, State Senator Ernie Chambers has introduced Legislative Bill 448 to repeal the hunting of mountain lions in his state.

Unconvinced by the so-called "fears" expressed by some Nebraska farmers and ranchers, Senator Chambers declared that the hunt approved in 2014 by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission was uncivilized savagery and "certainly not hunting."

LB 448 would repeal the 2012 legislation (LB 928) that authorizes the Commission to hold a lion hunt.


What Do the Biologists Say?


Renowned mountain lion expert Dr. Rob Wielgus has been working with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to revise their state's lion management plan and hunting quotas. Some of his published work was cited by Nebraska officials as they claimed it supported their decision to initiate a hunting season, too.

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Dr. Wielgus was recently interviewed by the Omaha World-Herald newspaper about Nebraska's decision to start sport hunting its lions:

In a career spanning three decades of research on large carnivores, Wielgus said he has never heard of a state allowing hunting of such a small population of cougars. A total of 16 states allow some form of cougar hunting or shooting. He said the Nebraska season harkens to the days when the goal of mountain lion hunts was to eradicate rather than conserve.

"Hunting a population of less than 30 animals is just crazy," he said. "It's like anything can happen. They can blink out. It's just like rolling the dice."


Click here to read the full article...


What Does Nebraska's Outdoor Community Think?


A recent edition of NebraskaLand — a monthly outdoor magazine published by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission — explained the ecological importance of top predators like coyotes, wolves, and mountain lions.

Although these species can pose a small risk to people or domestic animals, the article explains that maintaining healthy carnivore populations can actually increase the health and abundance of prey species farther down the food-chain:

Photo of lion at sunrise walking in tall grass.

"It might seem counterintuitive that the diversity and abundance of prey species is highest when large predators such as coyotes are abundant, but in fact it has been documented countless times."

"Just like wolves, mountain lions also have profound impacts on prey, as well as larger ripple effects on ecosystems. Decreases in lion populations within western National Parks have allowed deer populations to mushroom, severely impacting the regeneration of oak trees. What's even more striking is that places where lions are still common have higher abundances of wildflowers, butterflies, amphibians, lizards, fish and aquatic plants. That's an impressive list of benefits from a predator that is rarely seen yet relatively abundant."


Read the full article on page 32 of the Jan/Feb edition of NebraskaLand Magazine...


Please Help Protect Nebraska's Lions

If you live outside Nebraska, please forward this page to your Nebraska friends and consider sharing it on Facebook. You can also send Senator Chambers a quick note of appreciation and encouragement:


Sen. Ernie Chambers
District 11
Room #1114
P.O. Box 94604
Lincoln, NE 68509




Contact Your Nebraska Legislator

If you live in Nebraska Write your State Senator and, in your own words, tell them you support Legislative Bill 448 and they should too. Use the talking points provided here and your own experience. Please cc: us at info@mountainlion.org.

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Then call your State Senator and urge their support on Legislative Bill 448.

Here's all you have to say:

    Hello, My name is (Your Name) and I am a voting constituent from (City and Zip code.) I am calling to urge Senator XXXX to support Legislative Bill 448 to end mountain lion hunting in Nebraska. Nebraska's mountain lion population is not large enough to sustain a sport hunting season and the majority of Nebraskans want to see a healthy mountain lion population in our state. Hunting is not the way to manage mountain lions. I strongly urge Senator XXX to support LB 448. Thank you!

A few minutes of your time could make a big difference for Nebraska's lion population.

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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 LB 448.

Thank you so very much for taking the time to help protect Nebraska's mountain lions!

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