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November 14, 2012
Nebraska Deer Hunter Shoots Mountain Lion that Stalked Him - 7

A deer hunter shot and killed a mountain lion that was stalking him near Ainsworth, Neb. this weekend, reports the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

Nebraska's gun deer season opened Saturday, and the unidentified hunter was hunting from his ground blind. When he left the blind, he noticed a mountain lion walking parallel to him about 35 yards away. The big cat then made eye contact with the hunter and circled in front of him.

The hunter shot the 150-pound cougar and reported the kill to a GPC conservation officer. An official investigation determined the hunter's actions were justified given the big cat's behavior. 

According to the Nebraska GPC, a person may kill a mountain lion without a permit only if it "stalks, attacks, or shows unprovoked aggression" towards someone. It's also permissible to kill a cat if it is actively preying on livestock. Unlawfully killing a mountain lion can cost you up to $1,000 and three months in jail.

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from Bob McCoy wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

President Theodore Roosevelt, no stranger to hunting, wrote:
“It is true, as I have said, that a cougar will follow a man; but then a weasel will sometimes do the same thing. Whatever the cougar's motive, it is certain that in the immense majority of cases there is not the slightest danger of his attacking the man he follows.” (BiblioBazaar (2009) The Roosevelt Book: Selections from the Writings of Theodore Roosevelt, p 183)

A stalking cat will not notify you of an attack.

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from Longbeard78 wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

My cousin was elk bowhunting in AZ this fall. While using a cow call, he had a lion come face-to-face with him at 15 yds for 3 long, anxious minutes, all the while wondering why he put his knife in his backpack. Apparently, the cat determined the goofy lump was not something worth attacking for dinner and walked off. Cuz got 3 pictures of what looks like a young male, one sitting and the other two as it walked off, and a day or so later he arrowed a nice 6X6. I now have two times new respect for Cuz. Way to go buddy!

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from spaindr wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

Anyone ever eat mountain lion?

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from huntfishtrap wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

I would've shot it if I thought it was stalking me. Sounds like he nipped a possible attack in the bud.

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from Bob Hansen wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

Hi...

Well, it may or may not have been a 'legitimate' stalk, but I think he did the right thing by not taking any chances.

A cat that big could do a LOT of damage...!!

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from MazPower wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

Wow. And a 150 pound cat is no slouch either, had to be a mature one. Not like the stories we hear sometimes of folks having this kind of encounter with juveniles.

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from trudeau wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

Scary!

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from MazPower wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

Wow. And a 150 pound cat is no slouch either, had to be a mature one. Not like the stories we hear sometimes of folks having this kind of encounter with juveniles.

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from Bob Hansen wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

Hi...

Well, it may or may not have been a 'legitimate' stalk, but I think he did the right thing by not taking any chances.

A cat that big could do a LOT of damage...!!

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from trudeau wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

Scary!

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from huntfishtrap wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

I would've shot it if I thought it was stalking me. Sounds like he nipped a possible attack in the bud.

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from spaindr wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

Anyone ever eat mountain lion?

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from Longbeard78 wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

My cousin was elk bowhunting in AZ this fall. While using a cow call, he had a lion come face-to-face with him at 15 yds for 3 long, anxious minutes, all the while wondering why he put his knife in his backpack. Apparently, the cat determined the goofy lump was not something worth attacking for dinner and walked off. Cuz got 3 pictures of what looks like a young male, one sitting and the other two as it walked off, and a day or so later he arrowed a nice 6X6. I now have two times new respect for Cuz. Way to go buddy!

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from Bob McCoy wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

President Theodore Roosevelt, no stranger to hunting, wrote:
“It is true, as I have said, that a cougar will follow a man; but then a weasel will sometimes do the same thing. Whatever the cougar's motive, it is certain that in the immense majority of cases there is not the slightest danger of his attacking the man he follows.” (BiblioBazaar (2009) The Roosevelt Book: Selections from the Writings of Theodore Roosevelt, p 183)

A stalking cat will not notify you of an attack.

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