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35 Responses to Nebraskans Get To Hunt Just 22 Cougars [Pic+]

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    drawman61 Male 50-59
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    October 31, 2013 at 9:50 am
    Link: Nebraskans Get To Hunt Just 22 Cougars - American brave manly hunter-gatherers get to wipe cougars out
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    Jake_Justus Male 50-59
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    October 31, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Seriously, the cougar problem can really get out of hand if not addressed ...

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    5Cats Male 50-59
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    October 31, 2013 at 10:11 am
    Stupid politicians at their worst! The "top predator" is CRITICAL in any ecosystem!

    Have the lessons learned (the HARD WAY) from Yellowstone been ignored? yup.

    Remove the wolves = disaster
    Put wolves back = natural balance restored

    Wiping out a NATURAL part of the ecosystem, not an "invader species", is an invitation to disaster.

    Why do it? 100 X $13,000 = CASH GRAB

    Everyone involved should be fired, period.
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    5Cats Male 50-59
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    October 31, 2013 at 10:23 am
    Un oh! Then I read the first comment there:

    >>Only 4 (total) cougars will be shot, maximum, 2 each in 2 seasons.
    >>Only 1 application cost $13K, the rest were $15.00 (fifteen dollars)
    >>The numbers given were for ONE part of Nebraska: not the whole State... no cougars hunted in the rest of Nebraska this season.

    So it`s a TERRIBLE ARTICLE :-( Oy vey!
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    madduck Female 50-59
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    October 31, 2013 at 11:27 am
    Even still- this would just be trophy hunting- which is pretty despicable. Fine- hunt to eat, and occasionally hunt to get rid of a serious nuisance which cannot be controlled in other ways- but if you only have 22 of the poor wee beasts then losing 4 is quite a lot.
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    LordJim Male 60-69
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    October 31, 2013 at 11:30 am
    The article was less than objective, but politically motivated culls are a problem. Having a few predators around can only be a good thing. Keeps you on your toes.
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    McThstlpnts Female 18-29
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    October 31, 2013 at 12:00 pm
    Absolutely disgusting.
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    Nickel2 Male 50-59
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    October 31, 2013 at 12:33 pm
    GRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!
    makes me angry
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    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
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    October 31, 2013 at 1:00 pm
    Article`s inaccurate go to the bottom comment and read the posters named Alex Smithers submission.
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    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
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    October 31, 2013 at 1:01 pm
    American brave manly hunter-gatherers get to wipe cougars out

    Hunter-gatherers don`t hunt for trophy BTW.
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    October 31, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    What a bunch of morons, they got it completely wrong.
    THIS is the cougars they are supposed to be shooting.
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    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
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    October 31, 2013 at 1:55 pm
    @Gerry1of1

    I thought that was a sasquatch.
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    djwajda Male 40-49
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    October 31, 2013 at 2:21 pm
    I expected a wacky, strung out conspiracy. Then I read an article about my home state that was inaccurate and realized it was just as laughable as a conspiracy.
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    djwajda Male 40-49
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    October 31, 2013 at 2:45 pm
    A bit more informative
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    djwajda Male 40-49
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    October 31, 2013 at 2:53 pm
    American brave manly hunter-gatherers





    `Cause all that to hunt a fox is so much more manly right?
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    greenbasterd Male 18-29
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    October 31, 2013 at 3:19 pm
    they shouldn`t be allowed to use dogs.. treeing a cougar is just... cheating. but you wouldn`t be able to find them otherwise. don`t worry merika up here in Canada we don`t hunt animals into extinction. Hope your enjoying our wolves.
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    djwajda Male 40-49
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    October 31, 2013 at 4:05 pm
    up here in Canada we don`t hunt animals into extinction

    Tell that to the Greater prairie chicken and numerous species of fish...oh wait, you killed em all you can`t.
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    CrakrJak Male 40-49
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    October 31, 2013 at 4:42 pm
    Cougars were extirpated from Nebraska a hundred years ago. Now because of rising deer populations they are returning and breeding. Cougars are not only a threat to wildlife but rancher`s herds and people as well. It`s best to keep control of their population now, before it gets out of hand.

    Btw, finding even a few, to hunt, will still be a hell of a challenge even with dogs. I seriously doubt if more than a few of those tags are used.
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    drawman61 Male 50-59
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    October 31, 2013 at 6:57 pm
    Hunter-gatherers don`t hunt for trophy BTW
    McG- that was my point, it`s called sarcasm.

    @djwajda- dress it up how you want, it`s still slaughter for the fun of it. And fox hunting is just as disgusting. You`re 40-49 really? You come across like a 16-20 yr old.
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    Dila_Bagomee Male 18-29
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    October 31, 2013 at 7:51 pm
    @CrakrJak: There is some much environmental ignorance in your statement. First the minor point, the threat to wildlife is predator-prey relationship, a perfectly natural and important aspect of nature. To the larger issues on your statement. Mountain lions are not a big threat to people. In the last 100 years there were 50 recorded attacks and most of those attacks on non-fatal. Sure attacks have happened, but when compared to practically every other cause of death, I would say being attacked by a cougar is one of the last things to worry about. For the livestock, sure that can cause some problems. But there are also a lot of simple things that farmers can do to protect their livestock. Things that are done I don`t know, how about every single place on this planet where there is livestock. Also I would hardly say 22 cougars in a state with an area of 77,354 sq. miles to be on the verge of being overpopulated by cougars.
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    auburnjunky Male 30-39
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    October 31, 2013 at 8:37 pm
    Controlled hunts are vital to the ecosystem. If the cougar numbers become too great, other wildlife may be killed off, or the cougar may encroach human settlements.

    They are not endangered.


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    djwajda Male 40-49
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    October 31, 2013 at 9:49 pm
    @drawman61

    Well, ty for making me feel 20 yrs younger!

    A study was conducted that out of 14 midwestern states between 1990-2008 Nebraska was 1st with 67 sightings. Second place was North Dakota and then it trickles down to 1 or 2 sightings. Now in Nebraska it`s up to something like 92 sightings. That`s an additional 25 sightings in 1 yr!

    Nebraska is mainly an agricultural state. That means we supply the country with a lot of corn, grain and meat. Meat comes from, you guessed it, animals!

    Now, you take into account that these big cats are seemingly comfortable enough to be sighted in larger cities like Omaha as recently as 2012, how comfortable do you think they would be attacking defenseless cows and pigs?

    Seriously, make sure to do some research before you post something that makes it sound like they`re killing an animal to extinction. Also make sure you don`t have someone on I-A-B that actually lives in the state in question.

    `d
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    5Cats Male 50-59
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    October 31, 2013 at 10:00 pm
    @greenbasterd: It`s expressly illegal to use dogs to hunt cougars in Nebraska :-) happily.

    @CrakrJak & @auburnjunky: Ok, FACT time!
    - Cougars live quite close to humans, but are exceedingly shy of them!
    - Pet dogs (domestic) or feral dogs are FAR more damaging to livestock than cougars.
    - Pet and feral dogs are also MUCH more likely to attack or kill humans than cougars. It`s a fact!

    By any measure? Cougars are exceedingly LOW on the scale of dangerous animals in North America. Deer kill more people, a LOT more, it`s a fact!

    List Of Fatal Cougar Attacks - Wiki

    Deer Deaths? 200 Per Year

    Of course if there were MORE cougars to
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    5Cats Male 50-59
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    October 31, 2013 at 10:04 pm
    ...more cougars to prey on the deer? it might SAVE human lives!

    Ironic, eh?

    @djwajda: Of course cougars will sometimes prey on domestic animals. So do BEARS WOLVES COYOTES HAWKS EAGLES OWLS and more!
    What`s your point? Killing 4 cougars is NOT going to "save livestock" in the State of Nebraska... not one single one.
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    djwajda Male 40-49
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    October 31, 2013 at 10:09 pm
    @5Cats

    And the keystone pipeline isn`t a large threat to the state or it`s agriculture either. However the farmers and ranchers are making a big enough fuss over it to keep it from being completed here.

    So, who do you think is pressing the state to have these animals hunted in the first place?
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    djwajda Male 40-49
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    October 31, 2013 at 10:16 pm
    Personally, I`m not going to go out and hunt a cougar. The idea doesn`t appeal to me. However, I`m not going to freak out and stomp my feet against it because of some article that couldn`t even get it`s facts straight. And that @5Cats is the point you seek.
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    CrakrJak Male 40-49
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    November 1, 2013 at 12:07 am
    Dila: "There is some much environmental ignorance in your statement. First the minor point, the threat to wildlife is predator-prey relationship.."

    We used to have wolves in the prairie states too, are you suggesting they return as well? I surely hope not. In the national parks, I can see the point of having carnivorous predators, but not outside them. There are very good reasons why they were extirpated in the first place.

    As for cougar on human attacks, only 50 in a hundred years seems low, until you`re the person that gets their throat ripped out. Cougars have a bad reputation for not getting along well with mankind, same as wolves do.
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    madduck Female 50-59
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    November 1, 2013 at 12:21 am
    I think the point 5cats is making is that no cougar should be hunted- there is no reason to do that at all. if what Crakr says is true we should get rid of dogs and cars- they are far more lethal. Fox-hunting is now illegal BTW...
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    djwajda Male 40-49
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    November 1, 2013 at 6:12 am
    Sure, it`s illegal right now...

    But times may change

    And if the farmers along with Cameron get their way? Release the hounds!!
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    CrakrJak Male 40-49
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    November 1, 2013 at 7:15 am
    madduck: "if what Crakr says is true we should get rid of dogs and cars.."

    I didn`t say we should "get rid of" cougars. They have a place in the wild. Note, I said in the W I L D, inside our national parks and wildlife areas. Not among our ranches, farms or such. Understand?
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    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
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    November 1, 2013 at 7:51 am
    don`t worry merika up here in Canada we don`t hunt animals into extinction.

    Yes they just club seals......

    Looks so challenging!
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    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
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    November 1, 2013 at 7:54 am
    Also I would hardly say 22 cougars in a state with an area of 77,354 sq. miles to be on the verge of being overpopulated by cougars.

    This isn`t talking about the whole state it`s a specific area of the state.
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    elkingo Male 30-39
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    November 1, 2013 at 10:29 am
    Oh God.... the stupid... it burnnnnnsssssssssssssssss ....
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    auburnjunky Male 30-39
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    November 1, 2013 at 2:10 pm
    Fox hunting is only illegal on th3e British Isles, because the aristocracy hunted them into endangered (on the island) status.

    Also, there aren`t only 22 in the state, they can kill 22, then stop.

    We have deer hunts on our state park near my house. They are allowed to kill 100 deer, then they must stop. Those types of hunts happen all the time.

    South Alabama. Alligator hunts are legal, until the region reaches 1000 alligators killed then the season is over.
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    RoboPatton Male 30-39
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    November 2, 2013 at 2:29 am
    I`m a hunter, and I can tell you it`s a very controlled and organized system, and the states usually tightly control the license/lotto distribution.

    This example is an extreme outlier.

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