Mountain bill surfaces again

Posted By: KLKN Newsroom

 LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) _ Nebraska Sen. Ernie Chambers isn't done yet with his fight to outlaw mountain lion hunting.    

Chambers on Monday attached his proposal to at least 11 other bills that are listed on the Legislature's agenda. The longtime senator has twice tried to override Gov. Dave Heineman's veto, but both attempts failed.    

Heineman argued in his veto message that state wildlife officials should have the power to regulate the mountain lion population through a controlled hunting season. 

Chambers has said mountain lions are “shy, reclusive, unoffending animals,'' and their population in Nebraska is so small that management isn't necessary.

Nebraska approved its mountain lion hunting season in 2012. Mountain lions are native to Nebraska, but were virtually wiped out by early settlers.