LINCOLN – A mountain lion was unintentionally killed in a cable restraint trap in Sioux County on Dec. 20, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.
The mountain lion was a subadult female weighing approximately 85 pounds that appeared to be in good health.
The trapper called Game and Parks immediately upon discovering the mountain lion, as required by Game and Parks policy. High pelt prices have led to an increased effort to trap bobcats and other furbearers, which may have contributed to the incidental capture of the mountain lion, according to Sam Wilson, Game and Parks’ carnivore program manager.
Game and Parks requests fur harvesters immediately contact the agency if a mountain lion is incidentally trapped. Anyone with trail camera photographs or other evidence of mountain lions should contact the agency.