Nebraska approves 2023 mountain lion hunting season

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission approved a mountain lion hunting season for 2023 during a Friday meeting in Lexington.

The hunting season was approved for the Pine Ridge area, similar to the 2022 season.

Permits issued via lottery will decrease to 200 from the previously allotted 320.  This change is an effort to boost hunter satisfaction by increasing the probability of a longer season.

The season will end once four cats, or two females, have been harvested.

The objective is to allow the mountain lion population to remain resilient and healthy while halting growth or reducing the population size.

A genetic survey from 2021 shows a mountain lion population of 33 in Pine Ridge.

The commission also approved a 2022 river otter trapping season.  The season will start Nov. 1 and end Feb. 28, or earlier if 125 otters have been harvested.

Staff recommendations for a 2023 wild turkey season were rejected by commissioners.

For more information on the upcoming hunting season and any changes that may be made from previous seasons, click here.

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