Nebraska Mountain Lion-Hunting Ban to be Heard Tomorrow

The Nebraska Senate Natural Resources committee will hold a hearing tomorrow afternoon, Feb. 26, that would strip the authority of the Game and Parks Commission to scientifically manage mountain lions in the state, including any establishment of hunting seasons.

The legislation, introduced by anti-hunting state senator Ernie Chambers (D-Omaha), is an outrageous assault on sportsmen and the proven model of basing wildlife management decisions on science instead of emotionally driven anti-hunting rhetoric.

LB 127 is even more insulting to sportsmen based on the fact that the commission decided earlier this year to not hold a mountain lion season in 2015. This decision was reached after careful examination of scientific population estimates and data.

“This legislation is anti-hunting politics taken to the extreme,” said Adam Wright, USSA’s associate director of state services. “Even though the state’s wildlife experts have clearly shown their ability to properly manage the resource, Sen. Chambers continues to pursue a permanent ban on any future seasons regardless of what the population of these apex predators may be.  The bottom line is the Game and Parks Commission should retain the authority and ability to make decisions like this.”

Take Action! All Nebraska sportsmen need to call the members of the committee today and express opposition to LB 127.

Sportsmen interested in attending the hearing are encouraged to do so at:

Nebraska Capitol Building, Room 1525
1445 K Street
Lincoln, Nebraska 68509–4696
Hearing Begins at 1:30pm

Nebraska Senate Natural Resources Committee: 

Chairman Ken Schilz 
Phone: (402) 471-2616

Senator Curt Friesen
Phone: (402) 471-2630

Senator Dan Hughes
Phone: (402) 471-2805

Senator Jerry Johnson
Phone: (402) 471-2719

Senator Rick Kolowski
Phone: (402) 471-2327

Senator Brett Lindstrom
Phone: (402) 471-2618

Senator John McCollister
Phone: (402) 471-2622

Senator David Schnoor
Phone: (402) 471-2625