Some state lawmakers are pushing bills in this session aimed at protecting various animals.
House pets, mountain lions and black–tailed prairie dogshave found a powerful advocate in Nebraska state Sen. Ernie Chambers.
Chambers introduced legislation to protect dogs fromneglectful owners, and the prairie dogs from neighboring landowners.
He also has chosen a mountain–lion hunting ban as his prioritybill for the session.
The self–titled "Defender of the Downtrodden'' says he'strying to undo many of the bills that were approved in the legislature duringthe four years after term limits forced him from office.