UPDATE: Mountain Lion Hunting Bill Falls Through Again



(4-3-14) Supporters of a bill to outlaw mountain lion hunting in Nebraska have again failed to override Gov. Dave Heineman's veto.  Lawmakers fell six votes short on Wednesday and two votes short on Thursday of the total needed for an override.  Lawmakers agreed to give Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha a second vote on his bill, one day after an initial veto-override motion failed.  Heineman rejected the bill last week, saying the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission should have the power to manage the animals.   Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha, a well-known animal advocate, says the population in Nebraska is so small that management isn't necessary.  Chambers argues that cougars pose no real threat to humans - and if they did, state law already allows people to kill them to defend themselves or their property.   The state approved mountain lion hunting in 2012, while Chambers was briefly out of office because of term limits.  Mountain lions are native to Nebraska, but were virtually wiped out by early settlers

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Topics : Human Interest
Locations : NebraskaOmaha
People : Dave HeinemanErnie Chambers
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