Nebraska teen first to draw cougar hunting permit

October 9, 2013

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A 15-year-old Franklin resident is the winner of the state's first mountain lion hunting lottery.

Bruce Holden's name was drawn Wednesday, giving him a permit to hunt mountain lions during the Jan. 1-Feb. 14 season in the Pine Ridge area.

As the first lottery permit holder, Holden will be allowed to hunt mountain lions with dogs. The 100 other lottery permit holders, which also were drawn Wednesday, will hunt during the state's second season, from Feb. 15 through March 31 in the Pine Ridge area, but will not be allowed to use dogs.

Only one other hunter will be allowed to hunt in first season. That person will be determined at the Nebraska Big Game Society banquet and auction on Oct. 16 at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park.