Mountain lion depredation of calf confirmed near Brewster
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission officials have confirmed that a mountain lion killed a calf near Brewster in Blaine County. This is the first confirmed instance of livestock depredation in Nebraska by a mountain lion in modern times.
The owner of the calf contacted the Commission on April 2 after finding the carcass, which had been dragged about 60 yards from a calving corral into a shelterbelt and extensively fed upon. A Commission representative examined the carcass and immediate vicinity the following day. The condition of the carcass suggested a mountain lion could have been responsible. Fresh droppings or “scat” were present near the carcass, and a sample was collected and sent to a federal genetics laboratory. Scientists at the laboratory found last week that the sample came from a mountain lion based on diagnostic genetic evidence, thus allowing confirmation that a lion was involved.
As allowed under statute, the owner of the calf requested and was issued a 30-day permit to kill a mountain lion on his property. If a mountain lion is killed, the landowner is required to transfer the animal to the Commission.
Although this is Nebraska’s first recent confirmed livestock loss from a mountain lion, lion depredations are confirmed each year in western states with large lion populations.
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