Visitor Counter

hitwebcounter web counter
Visitors Since Blog Created in March 2010

Click Below to:

Add Blog to Favorites

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

Subscribe via email to get updates

Enter your email address:

Receive New Posting Alerts

(A Maximum of One Alert Per Day)

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Some good news to report--Shows that it is possible to push back on the anti-carnivore people if we persist and bring best science to the discussion--Nebraska Game & Parks has put the brakes on a Puma hunting season for this year......................This is not the end of the discussion on shooting and trapping the big cats,,,,,,,,,,,but suggests that even the pro hunt Commission knows that there is no sound scientific justification to target a recovering population that at best numbers 15-20 individuals..............Quite frankly, it is utter madness and human ego out of control for there even to be a discussion about killing a population of this size

Stand down, hunters: mountain lion season on hold

CHADRON, Neb. — Nebraska's first regulated mountain lion hunting season is on hold.

State Game and Parks commissioners voted unanimously Friday — during a meeting in the heart of Nebraska's cougar country — to stall proposed wildlife regulations allowing mountain lion hunting.

Commissioner Rex Fisher of Gretna called for the delay to give Game and Parks wildlife staffers time to incorporate suggestions heard at the meeting. More than 20 people, most of them area residents, testified in support of a hunting season.

The issue will be addressed again at the commission's July 26 meeting in Lincoln.

More than two dozen opponents sent letters and emails decrying the plan.

Nature photographer Tom Mangelsen, a native Nebraskan who grew up in Omaha, wrote that he was dismayed at the proposal. He said there is no sound scientific justification for a mountain lion hunting season, adding that it simply would be a recreational opportunity for a few hunters.

Under the plan, 100 permits would be issued to Nebraska residents by lottery. One permit would be auctioned to a resident or nonresident. Lottery and auction proceeds would be used for mountain lion management and research.

An estimated 15 to 22 mountain lions live in the rugged Pine Ridge region, where hunting would be permitted, so the area could support the taking of one to three cougars, according to commission studies.

Mangelsen was skeptical. He wrote that the hunting quota reflects a gamble by the commission that Nebraska's recovering cougar population has the numbers to withstand hunting.
“It is illogical that you would promote a hunt in this area of public land that should ostensibly be 'home' to the cougars,'' he wrote.

Proposed regulations would allow permit holders to hunt mountain lions with firearms and archery equipment in parts of Box Butte, Dawes, Sheridan and Sioux Counties that are north of the Niobrara River and west of Nebraska Highway 27.

Commissioner Kent Forney of Lincoln noted that many opponents raised questions about orphaning or killing cougar kittens.

“I don't think we want to shoot kittens or females,'' he said.

Supporters of a season dominated the public hearing.

“The time is now,'' said Stacy Swinney, who lives southwest of Chadron. “This is a predator with no natural enemies.''

Roy Drickey of Spencer, Neb., asked for a statewide season. He said hunting mountain lions in Pine Ridge would push the population down the Niobrara River into the north-central and northeast regions of the state.

“If somebody starts shooting at you, you're going to move,'' Drickey said.

The new season would run Jan. 1-Feb. 9 and Feb. 15-March 31. The three-cougar limit has a caveat that only one female can be killed. The season would end immediately once a female is killed, even if the limit hasn't been reached. Hunters are to check daily to see whether the season is still open.

Mountain lions are native to Nebraska but vanished in the 1890s. The first confirmed sighting of a cougar in Nebraska in modern times was in 1991 in the Pine Ridge. The first cougar kittens were documented in the Pine Ridge in 2007, indicating a resident population.

The Legislature approved a bill last year allowing for a mountain lion hunting season at the discretion of Game and Parks officials.

Nebraska law already allows people to kill mountain lions if they threaten people or attack livestock.

The commission's Big Game Committee of Forney, Mark Spurgin of Paxton and Mark Pinkerton of Wilber will work with the agency's wildlife biologists to prepare a new proposal for consideration this summer.

No comments: