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Nebraska Game and Parks Commission meeting – cougar & otter hunting season

June 9 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm


Nebraska Game and Parks Commission meeting at Alma, Nebraska on June 9th, will consider the annual changes to the Nebraska Mountain Lion Season (Title: 163   Chapter(s): 004   Section(s): 037).   The hearing will start at 8:15 am and be in Alma, NE at the Alma Municipal Golf Coarse, 102 Dick Brown Memorial Drive.

 “ a public hearing will be held at 8:15AM to consider amendments to Title 163, Nebraska Administrative Code, Chapter 4 Wildlife Regulations Section 037 Mountain Lions; to add areas open to harvest, harvest limits, adjust the number of permits that may be issued during the lottery, and clarify checking requirements.”

For  more information contact Sheri Henderson at 402-471-5539 or sheri.henderson@nebraska.gov,

Written comment deadline is received at 1 pm CT June 7th and you can send comments to Sheri Henderson’s e-mail  ,

Nebraska has breeding populations at Pine Ridge, Niobrara and Wildcat Hills.   It used to only allow hunting at Pine Ridge. The staff has decided that Niobrara can now support lion hunting.  Pine Ridge is to have a harvest limit of 4 lions of either sex or 2 females and Niobrara is to have a harvest limit of 2 lions of either sex or 1 female.

Proposed regulation: – https://www.nebraska.gov/nesos/rules-and-regs/regtrack/proposals/2672.pdf

Public Notice:


Game & Parks Commission, P.O. Box 30370, 2200 North 33rd Rd. Lincoln, NE 68503-0370



Changes are also proposed to the Otter season order, to make it easier for trappers to process otter trapping records/season status.  The details on that are not yet published but will be found at below link under proposed orders.

“Pursuant to Neb. Rev. Stat. Sections §§ 37-314, 37-315, 37-502, 37-701, a public hearing will be at 8:45 AM to consider amendments to Title 163, Nebraska Administrative Code Chapter 4, Wildlife Regulations Section 005 Wildlife-Game birds (not including turkey, coots and migratory waterfowl), Furbearers, Cottontail Rabbit to change the reporting and daily status checking requirements for a river otter harvest.”

They have had 2 years of otter seasons and not many, relative to what they expected,  are trapping otters. They do mountain lion seasons as regulations and otters as Commission orders.


Rules, orders & regulations


June 9
8:00 am - 5:00 pm