John Laundre’s new book PHANTOMS OF THE PRAIRIE has much information on the importance of wooded corridors to cougars on the prairies. He also estimates the maximum number of cougars each prairie state might support if they are allowed to recolonize.
Mountain lions roaring back to Nebraska
Story by Nathaniel Perlow
Ever since mountain lions were nearly wiped out in the 20th Century, they have gradually repopulated in Nebraska and across the Midwest.
Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, Nebraska and many other states changed the classification of mountain lions from predators to game animals. Mountain lions were no longer shot on sight. Hunters were no longer given bounties when they killed mountain lions. The population of these big cats continued to grow throughout the Midwest.
These big cats are a rare sight, but they still have a growing presence in Nebraska, according to Sam Wilson of Nebraska Game and Parks.