Mountain Lion Killed in Omaha, Nebraska

Mountain Lion
Mountain Lion
Nebraska Games and Parks Commission
Nebraska Games and Parks Commission

Lincoln, NE -(Ammoland.com)- Omaha police shot and killed a mountain lion near 120th and Q streets in Millard on Wednesday evening.

Police responded to a call around 5 p.m. that a mountain lion was near the Project Harmony Building at 119th and Q streets. The Nebraska Humane Society also responded, as did a veterinarian. The mountain lion, a male that weighed about 120 pounds, was found to have a broken leg and to be immobile. It was unclear how long the animal have been in the area.

It is Nebraska Game and Parks Commission protocol to euthanize mountain lions found in metropolitan areas. Attempts at tranquilization and relocation are dangerous because lions can become unpredictable once darted.

“Our mountain lion response plan calls for cougars in town to be euthanized if it can safely be done, out of safety considerations for the people in the city,” said Craig Stover, Law Enforcement Administrator for Nebraska Game and Parks.

The lion is in possession of Nebraska Game and Parks, and a necropsy will be performed. Mountain lions in Nebraska are part of a larger population that spans all western states, and animals move freely among Nebraska and neighboring states, particularly South Dakota and Wyoming.

For more information on mountain lions, visit www.OutdoorNebraska.org.

About The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

The mission of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is stewardship of the state’s fish, wildlife, park, and outdoor recreation resources in the best long-term interests of the people and those resources. To accomplish that purpose, the Commission plans and implements its policies and programs efficiently and objectively; maintains a rich and diverse environment in Nebraska’s lands and waters; provides outdoor recreation opportunities; manages wildlife resources for the maximum benefit of the people; and attempts to help Nebraskans appreciate their role in the natural world.

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Mollie Garito
Mollie Garito
4 years ago
Michele
Michele
5 years ago

I agree with you, Helen. As we take more land away from these animals, they have nowhere to go. California has accepted this problem and don’t gun down the wild animal. They drug the animal and relocate. Why didn’t Nebraska Wiildlife reach out to California for advise? Sounds like they didn’t want to be bothered. So it took several cops to shoot at the animal.
The Omaha PD needs to deploy their resources where two legged predators are putting people at risk.

Pete
Pete
5 years ago

Helen, I agree with what you say concerning big cats but I believe it only applies to healthy cats. The cat in the article said the cat had a broken leg and was not mobile and had no way to escape. An animal with a broken leg or other serious injury has signed their death certificate. An animal injured is in pain, hungry, thirsty, and very unpredictable. This is by no means a correction of what you and diamondearthday57 wrote. What you said is true. I wanted to give another point of view that wasn’t touched on.

diamondearthday57
diamondearthday57
5 years ago

I agree with your post Helen. I tend to think Pit Bulls are 100 times more dangerous,
yet they are brought into our neighborhoods with no regard towards the safety of the
people that live there.
Hey people in Omaha “If you are scared-say scared” don’t give us BU__ SH__ and
expect us to go “Oh ok”.

TEX
TEX
5 years ago

Pitbulls if raised correct are no more dangerous than any other bred of dog. If you raise any dog to be mean,mistreated they can become dangerous and vicious dogs. I’ve owned 2 Pits in my lifetime and they were awesome companions,very loyal animals. Its not in any dogs nature to be aggresive and violent. The key to a great pit is to get it as a pup and be the only owner it has during its life. Never,ever get a pit that was owned by someone else. Most pit owners are the problem,not the dog !

Helen McGinnis
Helen McGinnis
5 years ago

Cougar biologist Dr. John Laundré says: It happened again, this time in Omaha, a cornered mountain lion gunned down because it was considered a threat, a menace to the people. I think it is time the people of the Midwest get the crazy ideas out of their head that 1) these cats have traveled hundreds of miles just to attack people and 2) that these animals are in any way “dangerous”. I have worked with cats for over 30 years. I have trapped them, cornered them, walked in on females with kittens, jumped them off of deer they have killed,… Read more »