Posted 6 months ago
By John Axtell
Nebraska Game and Parks says a mountain lion was unintentionally killed in a trap in Sioux County last month. The state wildlife agency says the trap was set by USDA APHIS Wildlife Services in an attempt to remove coyotes from a cattle pasture.
The cougar was found dead in the snare when it was checked on June 22. Officials say the gender of the cougar could not be determined with certainty because the warm weather led to rapid decomposition, but tooth measurements and pelt coloration are consistent with a young adult female.
Final determination of gender will be made through genetic analysis.