No cougar hunting in 2015, Nebraska officials say; commission to launch research instead

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OMAHA, Nebraska — Officials say mountain lion hunting in Nebraska won't be permitted this year.

The state's Game and Parks Commission director Jim Douglas announced Thursday mountain lion hunting season has been cancelled as the group plans to research the species. Douglas says the decision has nothing to with controversy surrounding mountain lion hunting in Nebraska.

The Omaha World Herald reports ( ) hunters killed five mountain lions last year during Nebraska's inaugural hunting season. At least 11 others died from other causes, such as illegal hunting or being hit by vehicles.

The study, which begins this year and runs through 2018, includes using GPS collars, trail cameras and genetic surveys to better understand and manage the mountain lion population.

Douglas says this year's cancellation doesn't rule out the possibility of future hunting seasons.

Information from: Omaha World-Herald,

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