Nebraska L 671, introduced by Senator Ernie Chambers, seeks to eliminate the science-based management of mountain lions in Nebraska. Mountain lion populations have expanded considerably in recent years, requiring the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission to manage the population with a limited permit hunting opportunity. Hunting and fishing have always been the preferred method of fish and wildlife management in the United States, and because of the American System of Conservation Funding, hunters and anglers are the very reason we have such abundant fish and wildlife populations today. Allowing this bill to pass would set a dangerous precedent by letting the misguided, anti-hunting agendas of a few to supersede the very science-based wildlife management approach responsible for the restoration of mountain lions, deer, elk, turkeys and numerous other wildlife species.
As it has for the last 100 years, the future of wildlife conservation depends on science-based management, and hunters play an active role in its success. This bill does nothing to help Nebraska’s mountain lion population or any other species of wildlife in the state. Instead, it simply undermines the future of hunting and fishing in America’s heartland.
Contact Your Nebraska Senator and demand they support science- based wildlife management. Tell them to vote NO on L 671.
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Studies conducted at both the state and federal level have found that the number of hunters and trappers have been on a generally declining trend over the past several decades. To increase recruitment, retention, and reactivation (R3) of hunters and trappers, which initiative do you think would have the greatest impact?