John McCoy is the Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette’s award-winning outdoors writer. His "Woods & Waters" page appears weekly in the Sports section of the Sunday Gazette-Mail.
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If a mountain lion had gotten to within 10 feet of me when I was 15 years old, I might have soiled my pants. Kudos to this kid for keeping his head and doing what needed to be done.
From the Associated Press:
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission says a 15-year-old deer hunter shot and killed a mountain lion that was only 10 feet from him.
The boy, of Wayne, shot the cougar Saturday near Creighton in northeast Nebraska. Officials say he was hunting a shelterbelt in Knox County and spotted the mountain lion 10 feet away before shooting it.
Mountain lions are protected year-round in Nebraska, but may be killed if threatening people or attacking livestock. Officials say no charges will be filed, as evidence indicated the shooting was in self-defense.
A commission expert says the mountain lion was a young male. The cougar’s carcass was turned over to Game and Parks officials, as required by law.