Officials in Nebraska say that a mountain lion was killed in western Nebraska.
Officials say that it was a the ten to twelve month old female mountain lion that was killed by a landowner in Sheridan County for preying on his poultry, according to a release from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.
They say that the landowner saw the mountain lion killing his chickens. He shot and killed it and then reported it to the Game and Parks.
Staff wildlife and law enforcement officials collected the carcass.
“State law allows livestock owners to kill a mountain lion immediately if it is in the process of stalking, killing, or consuming livestock on their property,” said Sam Wilson, carnivore program manager for the Commission.
Since the state confirmed mountain lions in the state in 1991, this is the fifth confirmed case of mountain lion preying on livestock. In addition to the latest case, the confirmations consist of a calf in Blaine County in 2014, a calf in Sheridan County in 2017, two goats in Dawes County in 2017, and one goat in Dawes County last month.
More information about mountain lions in Nebraska may be found at outdoornebraska.org/mountainlions.