LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will consider a staff recommendation to approve a proposed 2019 mountain lion season when it meets June 22 in Ogallala.
The meeting will begin at 8 a.m. at the Mid-Plains Community College conference room, 512 East B St. A public hearing on the mountain lion recommendation will begin at 9 a.m.
The proposed season would provide a harvest opportunity for up to eight mountain lions in two sub-units within the Pine Ridge of northwestern Nebraska. The proposed season would allow the population to remain resilient and healthy, while halting growth or moderately reducing the population size. This would initiate a reduction of the population density in the Pine Ridge to one similar to that of other states that allow mountain lion hunting.
For more information on mountain lions in Nebraska, go to outdoornebraska.gov/mountainlions.
In other business, the Commission will consider recommendations to:
— ban the importation and possession of mouflon and aoudad, or any of their hybrids or subspecies, in Banner, Box Butte, Cheyenne, Dawes, Kimball, Morrill, Scotts Bluff, Sheridan and Sioux counties after June 22, 2018. Mouflon is a sheep species from southwestern Asia. Aoudad is a goat-like mammal native to North Africa. This recommendation includes a provision for grandfathering possession, as well as a protocol for escaped animals.
— establish fees for select future Venture Park activities at Louisville State Recreation Area and Platte River State Park, including a floating playground, paddle sport equipment rental and water cycle rental.
Also on the agenda is a public hearing for input regarding the listing and delisting of state threatened and endangered species in the Commission’s District 7 in western Nebraska.
The meeting also will include reports on the recreational resources in the Lake McConaughy region and environmental issues.
A complete meeting agenda is available at outdoornebraska.gov/commissioners.