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Nebraska senator renews quest to ban mountain lion hunting

Nebraska's longest-serving senator is once again trying to outlaw mountain lion hunting, describing the animals Thursday as majestic and no threat to humans.

Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha argued in a committee hearing that lawmakers never should have approved a hunting season in 2012, when Chambers was briefly out of office because of term limits.

Mountain lions are native to Nebraska, but vanished in the late 1800s after settlers started poisoning and hunting them. Nebraska has four areas where mountain lion hunting is permitted. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission determines which areas can sustain hunting each session.

State officials have estimated that Nebraska...

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