The Nebraska Legislature voted unanimously in favor of LB 474, a bill to create mountain lion conservation license plates. Individuals wishing to put the plates on their car will pay an additional $5 fee that will go to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission to support wildlife education for youth.
Initial examination of a cougar found dead on the side of an Upper Peninsula, Michigan road in early February revealed that the cat had been caught in a neck snare. Additionally, no evidence was found to suggest the animal was shot. Officialswith the Michigan DNR believe the cougar likely came from the Dakotas. The DNR is investigating the incident, and the animal’s carcass has been sent to a lab for further examination.
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We are very pleased to inform you that Wyoming HB 12 – a bill to allow trapping and snaring of cougars – did not progress through the House of Representatives today. We are extremely grateful to the Housemembers of the Wyoming legislature who recognized that this bill had no foundation in science.