South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks Commissioners heard testimony Thursday on the expansion of the mountain lion hunting season in the state to non-residents.

Nebraska Game and Parks Commission officials identified and killed a mountain lion believed to have killed two goats near Chadron in Dawes County, Neb., earlier this week.

According to a G&P release, a landowner contacted Game and Parks officials on Tuesday after finding the goat carcasses. Biologists from G&P said the condition of the carcasses and the presence of other evidence in the vicinity meant a high probability that a mountain lion was responsible.

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The landowner and G&P official worked together to identify the mountain lion, which was euthanized in accordance the agency’s response plan. Officials are also working with the landowner on management practices to reduce the chance of a similar event.

The G&P said this was third confirmed instance of livestock depredation in Nebraska by a mountain lion in modern times.

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