Mountain Lion Hunts Spark Debate in Nebraska

Mountain Lions are Native to Nebraska

Mountain lions are native to Nebraska.  European settlers eradicated the big cats through hunting, poisoning and trapping in the 1800’s and in the 1990’s, over one hundred Annie and Pumayears later, the cats began to come  back into Nebraska  from neighboring states. Today, an estimated 22 lions roam Nebraska, predominately in the northwest.

No One Has Ever Been Killed by a Mountain Lion in the State of Nebraska

In 2012, Senator LeRoy Louden of Ellsworth introduced a bill (LB928) on behalf of Game and Parks to allow hunting seasons to help the commission manage mountain lions.  Louden said in a public hearing, even though no one has ever been killed by a mountain lion in the state,  “ god, heaven forbid that it does happen. I mean, look around you. Which one of you or your neighbors are going to be the ones that have this happen to your family?”

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Lion Guardians Great Video About Successfully Saving Lions

Lion Guardians Promotes Coexistence between People and Lions

One of my favorite organizations is the Lion Guardians.  This community based conservation program is bringing hope for the survival of the African Lion.  I hope you will take time to watch the amazing video that was created to help bring more awareness and support for this amazing project.

Philip J Briggs Guardian and lion paw

The Lion Guardians Mission is:

 To promote sustainable coexistence between people and lion using cultural values, community participation and science.

The Lion Guardians program was initiated in 2006 by the Living with Lions project and the local communities, and was set into motion in collaboration with Maasailand Preservation Trust in January 2007 on Mbirikani Group Ranch in the Amboseli Ecosystem

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Male and Female African Lions Hunt Using Different Strategy

Male and Female Lions Hunt Using Different Strategies

A Lion in Kruger National Park, South Africa

A Lion in Kruger National Park, South Africa (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I t has long been thought that male lions did not hunt, but rather were dependent on the lioness’s hunting prowess to sustain the pride. A study  recently published in the March 2013 issue of Animal Behaviour discusses how researchers used airborne  Light Detection and Ranging (LDAR) measurements of vegetation  structure in Kruger National Park, and combined a global positioning system (GPS) telemetry data on lion kills to quantify lines-of-sight where lion kills occurred as compared to where lions rested. What they found was significant differences in use of vegetation structure by male and female lions during hunts.

Males Ambush and Females Work as Team

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