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Resident Mountain Lion Population Grows Slightly

LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska’s resident mountain lion population has grown slightly, staff told the Nebraska Game and Parks Commissioners at their meeting Jan. 18 in Omaha. Sam Wilson, Game and Parks’ furbearer and carnivore program manager, estimated the reproducing population of mountain lions in the Pine Ridge of northwest Nebraska in 2012 was 22, compared to 19 in 2010. The estimates were derived from studies in which dogs were used to detect mountain lion scat, which were then analyzed through …

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Prescribed Burn Workshop in Beatrice Jan. 23

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and Pheasants and Quail Forever will host a prescribed burn workshop Jan. 23 in Beatrice for landowners who want to learn how prescribed burning can improve forage, control red cedars and improve wildlife habitat. The workshop will be from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Homestead National Monument, 8523 W. Nebraska Hwy. 4. Lunch is included in the $10 fee. Participants should register by Jan. 22. Visit NebraskaPF.com or call Bruce Sprague at …

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Prescribed Burn Workshop in Ithaca Jan. 24

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and Pheasants and Quail Forever will host a prescribed burn workshop Jan. 24 in Ithaca for landowners who want to learn how prescribed burning can improve forage, control red cedars and improve wildlife habitat. The workshop will be from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Agricultural Research and Development Center, 1071 County Road G. Lunch is included in the $10 fee. Participants should register by Jan. 22. Visit NebraskaPF.com …

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Lake Wanahoo SRA Visitors Asked to Comply with Bald Eagle Exclusion Zone

LINCOLN, Neb. – Ice anglers and other visitors to Lake Wanahoo State Recreation Area (SRA) are asked to comply with an exclusion zone implemented to protect the lake’s nesting bald eagles. The exclusion zone is an area closed to all access from Dec. 1-July 15. A pair of bald eagles first built a nest at Lake Wanahoo in 2011. They produced two fledglings in 2011 and two more the following year. The nest is located in a large, dead cottonwood …

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Ponca State Park Offers Super Bowl Special

LINCOLN, Neb. – Football fans, family and friends can enjoy the Super Bowl in a scenic surrounding with the Super Bowl Special at Ponca State Park. One- and two-night mini-lodge stays are available Feb. 2-3 at a 30-percent discounted rate of $189 per night, not including tax and reservation fee. A two-night stay includes two free pizzas, five bundles of firewood and late check-out. A one-night stay includes a free pizza and two bundles of firewood. Each mini-lodge includes four …

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Prescribed Burn Workshop in David City

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and Pheasants and Quail Forever will host a prescribed burn training workshop in David City on Jan. 16 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The workshop will take place at Hruska Memorial Library, 399 5th St. The workshop will introduce the basic concepts of prescribed burning. A $10 fee includes a meal. Registration deadline is Jan. 14. Visit NebraskaPF.com or call Pam Grossart at 308-850-8395 or Brian Teeter 402-219-2572.

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Unintentionally Trapped Mountain Lion Killed

LINCOLN, Neb. – A mountain lion was unintentionally killed in a cable restraint trap in Scotts Bluff County on Jan. 9, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. The mountain lion was a female weighing approximately 81 pounds that appeared to be in good health. The trapper called Game and Parks immediately upon discovering the mountain lion, as required by Game and Parks policy. High pelt prices have led to an increased effort to trap bobcats and may have …

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Game and Parks Offering Multiyear Permits

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is offering three- and five-year hunting, fishing and combination permits beginning this year. These permits provide a discount over purchasing annual permits for three or five years. The discount for three-year permits is 9-10 percent and the discount for five-year permits is 19-20 percent. The permits include all necessary state stamps as part of the price. The hunting and combination hunting/fishing permits come in two varieties: one includes just a habitat …

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Game and Parks Commissioners to Meet Jan. 18 in Omaha

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commissioners will consider funding recommendations for the 2013 Recreational Trails Grant Program at their Jan. 18 meeting in Omaha. The recommendations are: $246,000 for a trail bridge renovation by Lancaster County; $239,079 for trail construction by the City of Schuyler; $271,514 for trail construction by the City of Fremont; and $28,000 for purchase of a tractor to perform Cowboy Trail maintenance by Game and Parks. The meeting begins at 8 a.m. at …

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Game and Parks to Burn Brush Piles

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will burn brush piles, as weather allows, at several sites across the state. Brush piles are created by the removal of invading trees in grassland or timber stands, or from trees damaged in wildfires. Removal of brush piles will open grasslands and timber for continued management, eliminate a wildfire fuel source and eliminate predator habitat. The following list includes scheduled prescribed burns by county: Custer – Pressey Wildlife Management Area (WMA); …

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