The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will be meeting in May to discuss whether or not to allow hunting of mountain lions in the state.
The proposal will be considered at the commission's May 24 meeting. The proposal would allow a total of three mountain lions to be hunted over two short periods of one season in the Panhandle.
One hundred permits would be issued through a lottery for Nebraska residents plus one through an auction for a nonresident.
Officials say mountain lions all but vanished from Nebraska by 1890, but say the cats have been seen all over the state recently. Mountain Lion sightings have extended as far east as Omaha, and the commission estimates that there are about 22 living in the Pine Ridge area.