Nebraska Senator Ernie Chambers is continuing his fight to protect cougars in Nebraska. His most recent bill – to create a specialty license plate for mountain lion conservation – was discussed yesterday, although not everyone was supportive. Revenue from the sale of the license plates would help fund conservation and education, but Nebraska Game and ParksDeputy Director Tim McCoy believes that the bill is too conservation-oriented and wouldn’t sell well in a state where cougars are a controversial topic. He was the only person to testify against the bill.
This is a very progressive bill that would create an alternative funding source for conservation. We will be keeping tabs on this story.