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Mountain Lion bill hits a snare in the Nebraska Legislature

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A proposal to eliminate Nebraska's mountain lion hunting season has hit a snare in the legislature.
 
Opponents mounted a filibuster on Thursday to try to block the legislation before lawmakers could grant final approval. The bill has already advanced through two previous votes.

Senator Ernie Chambers says the state has a duty to protect mountain lions, which are native to Nebraska but were virtually wiped out by settlers.

Opponents of his bill say the Nebraska Game and Parks Commissions should be able to regulate the population.
 
"These mountain lions are beautiful, majestic animals," explains Hyannis Senator Al Davis. "But they need to be controlled just like any other predator- because that's what they are."
 
Lawmakers approved mountain-lion hunting in 2012, while Chambers was out of office due to term limits.

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