Outdoor notes: Mountain lion kills goat near Chadron; Lewis and Clark Lake’s Dam Race July 28

Outdoor notes: Mountain lion kills goat near Chadron; Lewis and Clark Lake’s Dam Race July 28
World-Herald News Service

CHADRON, Neb. – Nebraska Game and Parks Commission officials have confirmed that a male mountain lion killed a domestic goat near Chadron in Dawes County.

The goat’s owner contacted Game and Parks officials July 16 after finding the dead animal. That day, Game and Parks biologists examined the carcass and its surroundings. The condition of the carcass and presence of nearby mountain lion evidence suggested a high probability that one of the big cats was responsible.

The landowner and Game and Parks officials worked together to identify and euthanize the cat July 17 in accordance with the agency’s Mountain Lion Response Plan. Game and Parks is working with the landowner on practices to lessen the risk of future depredation.

“In Nebraska, people are allowed to protect themselves and their livestock from immediate threats from mountain lions,” said Alicia Hardin, wildlife division administrator for the Commission. “In cases of confirmed depredation, Game and Parks will assist in euthanizing the mountain lion upon the owner’s request.”

This is the fourth confirmed case of livestock depredation in Nebraska by a mountain lion since the species’ confirmed presence in the state in 1991. In addition to the latest case, the confirmations consist of a calf in Blaine County in 2014, a calf in Sheridan County in 2017, and two goats in Dawes County in 2017.

In June, Game and Parks commissioners approved a hunting season for mountain lions in the Pine Ridge that aims to lower mountain lion densities — a response to public concerns and Commission research. The season is scheduled Jan. 1-Feb. 28, 2019.

More information about mountain lions in Nebraska may be found at outdoornebraska.org/mountainlions.

Crofton’s Dam Race July 28 is unique triathlon at Lewis and Clark Lake SRA

LINCOLN, Neb. – Compete in a unique triathlon in which kayaking replaces swimming as one of the legs. Crofton’s Dam Race is scheduled for July 28 at Lewis and Clark Lake State Recreation Area.

The event includes a 1-mile kayak paddle on Lewis and Clark Lake, 5K run through the park’s Weigand Campground, and a 12-mile bicycle ride into Crofton, where a barbeque and celebration will await competitors.

Compete as individuals or teams. Participants must be at least 14 years of age.

Register by July 19 at allsportcentral.com. There will be an additional feel for late registrations. A park entry permit is required.