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Mountain lion lottery application begins Nov. 7

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will accept lottery applications for mountain lion permits Nov. 7 to Dec. 14, for the 2023 hunting season.

Permits are available only to Nebraska residents, who may have one permit per calendar year. The bag limit for each permit is one mountain lion of either sex.

The 2023 Season 1 in the Pine Ridge Unit will be Jan. 2-Feb. 28. Before Feb. 28, the season will close immediately if either the annual harvest limit of four mountain lions or sublimit of two female mountain lions is reached.

If the harvest limit is not reached in Season 1, an auxiliary season will be held March 11-31. The season will close immediately if either the harvest limit or sublimit is reached before March 31.

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A harvest will allow the mountain lion population to remain resilient and healthy, while halting growth or moderately reducing the population size.


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