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The Return Of The Mountain Lion

Sightings Reported In Parts Of Banner County & Sidney; Caution Urged

Mountain lion sightings have recently been reported in parts of Banner County and the northern part of the town of Sidney. With calving season in full bloom, the mountain lions are a concern for area ranchers.

Sidney Police Chief Joe Aikens confirmed the mountain lion sighting in Sidney and cautioned people to be aware and keep an eye on small pets.

Sam Wilson, a carnivore biologist for Nebraska Game and Parks said that mountain lion sightings increased gradually over the past 30 years as populations in western states expanded into Nebraska. The recent sightings "From year to year don't seem t...