LINCOLN, Neb. – The 2020 mountain lion hunting season in the Pine Ridge closed March 31 with seven mountain lions harvested.
Season 1 opened Jan. 2. The south subunit closed during Season 1 when the harvest limit of four (three male and one female) was met on Feb. 5. No mountain lions were harvested during Season 1 in the north subunit, so an Auxiliary Season was held. Three mountain lions (two male and one female) were harvested during the north subunit Auxiliary Season.
The harvest of mountain lions allows the population to remain resilient and healthy, while halting growth or moderately reducing the population size. This reduces the population density in the Pine Ridge to one similar to that of other states that allow mountain lion hunting.
For more information about mountain lions in Nebraska, visit OutdoorNebraska.gov/mountainlions.