Cougar killed in trap in north-central Nebraska

By: AP
By: AP

Sargent, NE (AP) - State wildlife officials say a mountain lion has been unintentionally killed in a trap north of Sargent in north-central Nebraska.

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission said Tuesday that a trapper found the cougar on Sunday in a cable restraint trap he had set for other animals.

Officials say the trapper called Game and Parks officials immediately after discovering the mountain lion, described as a 150 pound male that had been in good health before it was killed.

Game and Parks' carnivore program manager, Sm Wilson, says high pelt prices have led to an increased effort to trap bobcats and other fur-bearing animals, which may have contributed to the accident trapping of the mountain lion.

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