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Grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, coyotes, cougars/ mountain lions,bobcats, wolverines, lynx, foxes, fishers and martens are the suite of carnivores that originally inhabited North America after the Pleistocene extinctions. This site invites research, commentary, point/counterpoint on that suite of native animals (predator and prey) that inhabited The Americas circa 1500-at the initial point of European exploration and subsequent colonization. Landscape ecology, journal accounts of explorers and frontiersmen, genetic evaluations of museum animals, peer reviewed 20th and 21st century research on various aspects of our "Wild America" as well as subjective commentary from expert and layman alike. All of the above being revealed and discussed with the underlying goal of one day seeing our Continent rewilded.....Where big enough swaths of open space exist with connective corridors to other large forest, meadow, mountain, valley, prairie, desert and chaparral wildlands.....Thereby enabling all of our historic fauna, including man, to live in a sustainable and healthy environment. - Blogger Rick

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

With less than 60 Pumas thought to exist in Nebraska, the Nebraska Legislature passed a bill allowing the Fish & Game Unit to allow an annual hunt of 4 of the animals..............So wrong to be killing a recovering population that researchers know so little about........How is it that filmakers make millions of $$ with pro environmental themed movies like AVATAR and THE LORAX and yet we still have narrow-minded/reactionary laws regarding killing our wildlife----Please tell me where the disconnect is--------So parents take their kids to see humane stories about wild creatures and places and then those parents turn around during the work week and say SCREW WHAT WE SAW ON SATURDAY, let's "RIP UP PARADISE AND PUT IN A PARKING LOT!"-----I am all for balancing the budget and making a buck,,,,,,,,,,but geez, are we so f___ing greedy and short-viewed that we have no regard for the next generations qualitiy of life on our planet?

Neb. lawmakers approve mountain lion hunting bill

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers passed a bill Wednesday that would allow for mountain lion hunting and create a state program that lets hunters donate deer meat to the hungry.

The proposals mixed into one bill won final approval, 49-0.

Ellsworth Sen. LeRoy Louden introduced the mountain lion hunting bill in response to increased sightings in Nebraska. Current state law only allows people to kill mountain lions if they are threatening humans or livestock.

State officials say the mountain lion population is increasing, although the number of lions is estimated at fewer than 60 statewide. If the population continues to grow, Game and Parks could create a limited hunting season that would likely allow up to four lions to be taken per year.

The animals are native to Nebraska but were eradicated by settlers in the late 1800s. In recent years, biologists have confirmed a small population or about 20 breeding mountain lions in far northwest Nebraska. Nebraska officials have confirmed more than 50 sightings outside of the Pine Ridge, including some as far east as South Sioux City and Omaha.

Under the bill, Nebraska residents would pay $25 for a chance to win a mountain lion hunting permit in a random drawing. Nonresidents would be able to get a permit through an auction.

That measure was combined with a deer meat donation proposal by Lincoln Sen. Tony Fulton. It would require the state Game and Parks Commission to create a program that allows hunters to donate money and deer meat to the Hunters Helping the Hungry Cash Fund.

Hunters would be asked to give part of their permit fees to the fund. That money, and other donations, would reimburse meat processors who would get the meat ready for consumption.

The bill has drawn support from ranchers, sportsmen, meat processors and a homeless shelter director who would benefit from the donation program. Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota and Colorado all have meat donation programs.

The bill is LB928

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