FAIRBURY, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska officials have determined there will be no Nebraska mountain lion hunting season next year.

The Omaha World-Herald reports the news came at a Nebraska Game and Parks Commission meeting Friday in Fairbury.

Carnivore program manager Same Wilson says that results of a cougar research project in the state will dictate whether biologists recommend a future hunting season for the big cat.

Nebraska’s first and only mountain lion-hunting season occurred in 2014. Hunters killed five cats.

The commission decided not to permit hunting this year because of the high number of females killed in 2014. In addition to the five killed by hunters, 11 others died from illegal hunting, traps and being hit by vehicles. Ten of the 16 killed were females.


Information from: Omaha World-Herald, http://www.omaha.com