Mountain Lion Confirmed Near Valentine

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The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission confirmed late Jan. 7 afternoon that tracks found approximately one mile east of Valentine in north-central Nebraska were made by a mountain lion.

The tracks were reported to the Commission by John Michalek of Valentine on Jan. 6. He notified Commission wildlife biologist Tom Krolikowski and a site visit followed.

After reviewing Krolikowskis measurements and photos of the tracks, Richard Bischof, the Commissions furbearer specialist, determined that they were undisputably made by a mountain lion. “The abundance and freshness of sign aided in the immediate determination,” Krolikowski said. “Hopefully this lion is on the move and has moved out of the area and away from Valentine,” he concluded.

The Commission encourages individuals to report sightings of mountain lions or signs of mountain lion activity to the Commission, and has stepped up law enforcement surveillance in the area, according to Commission Director Rex Amack.

This is the fourteenth confirmed mountain lion occurrence in Nebraska since 1991. The last confirmed observation was that of a mountain lion captured in Omaha, which is now a resident at Omahas Henry Doorly Zoo.