Nebraska Residents: Help Stop LB 671
Your help is urgently needed to stop LB 671!
Please contact your Nebraska State Senator today, and tell him/her to vote NO on LB-671, which seeks to repeal the mountain lion hunting season in Nebraska.
Mention the following facts in your correspondence:
• Science-based wildlife management and not emotionally driven, non-hunting interests must manage Nebraska’s wildlife population.
• Passing LB-671 would override the science-based wildlife management directives currently utilized by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.
• Hunting and fishing have driven conservation efforts for the better part of 100 years, and passing LB-671 will undermine the management of game species populations, including predators like mountain lions.
Call or write your Nebraska Senator today, and help to protect Nebraska’s hunting and fishing privileges.
Nebraska’s hunting privileges are under threat! Here is what you should know about LB-671.
Mountain lions have recently re-colonized Nebraska’s Pine Ridge and Niobrara River Valleys, and may be re-colonizing additional habitats like the Wildcat Hills. In 2012, with the passage of LB-928, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission was allowed to create a very limited hunting season as a way to manage this growing mountain lion population.
But those permits are currently under threat with the introduction of LB-671 by Omaha State Senator Ernie Chambers, to the 2014 session of the Nebraska State Legislature. In addition to LB-671, Senator Chambers has said he will oppose any new bills aimed at helping the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. He’s even gone so far as to threaten their budget if LB-671 fails, and mountain lion hunts are allowed to continue.
This is not how we do politics in Nebraska.
LB-671 seeks to repeal the mountain lion hunting season, but in doing so could set a dangerous precedent by allowing anti-hunting, emotionally driven agendas to override the science-based wildlife management approach of mountain lions, and other wildlife species.
Hunting and fishing have been driving wildlife management for decades. Hunting privileges must be left in the hands of professionals and not politicians!
Hunting and fishing have been the preferred method of fish and wildlife management in the United States since the passage of the Wildlife Restoration Act in 1937, which appropriated excise tax funds back to the states for science-based wildlife management. This, combined with hunting license sales, led to the creation of the American System of Conservation Funding (ASCF).
The ASCF is why we have abundant fish and wildlife populations today. This user-pays, public-benefits model helped to restore and manage game species populations, which in turn, benefits predators like mountain lions.
A vote for LB-671 is a vote against mountain lion conservation, by allowing outside interests, and non-hunting agendas overshadow the science-based wildlife management approach currently utilized by the Nebraska Games and Parks Commission.