Nebraska lawmaker renews quest to ban mountain lion hunting after committee rejects bill



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LINCOLN, Nebraska — A Nebraska lawmaker has renewed his quest to ban mountain lion hunting just one day after a committee rejected his latest effort.

Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha introduced a bill Thursday to eliminate the state's mountain lion hunting season.

The Legislature's Natural Resources Committee voted Tuesday to indefinitely postpone an identical bill that Chambers introduced last year. The new bill is likely to be reviewed by the same committee.

Chambers is a well-known animal welfare advocate who passed legislation in 2014 to strengthen the state's animal cruelty laws.

Supporters of the hunting season say it's necessary to help regulate the population and to ensure that mountain lion kills are tracked, rather than hidden.

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The bill is LB961

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