Lawmakers Look To Reduce Deer Population

Nebraska lawmakers have given final approval to a measure designed to reduce what some say is the state's costly and dangerously large deer herd.

On Tuesday, lawmakers passed the measure (LB836) that now goes to Gov. Dave Heineman for his consideration.

It would allow the secretary of the state Game and Parks Commission to extend deer seasons by issuing executive orders.

Owners of at least 20 acres and members of their immediate families would have an unlimited number of free permits to kill does during special seasons set to pare the herd in some regions.

The bill also would allow the state to issue permits to landowners to kill mountain lions.