A Gordon police officer shot and killed a mountain lion inside the city limits early Monday evening after it had been trapped by a resident.
The big cat had been the subject of a search since being captured on home security video earlier and spotted by law enforcement about 6 a.m. Monday.
Sheridan County Attorney Jamian Simmons says the resident of West 7th Street called police just before 6:00 p.m. to say he’d come home and found the mountain lion in his side yard.
He was able to trap the big cat between his car and a fenced area of the yard, holding it there until police officers arrived.
City police, Sheridan County Sheriff’s deputies, a USDA staffer, and Nebraska Game and Parks officials had discussed the situation earlier and the decision was made to shoot the lion.
Simmons says the decision was based on multiple factors especially evidence that suggested the mountain lion had been living in and around Gordon, killing small animals within the city as its food source.
The big cat is described as male, 60-70 pounds, and about a year to 18-months old. The carcass was taken by Game and Parks for a necropsy – the animal equivalent of an autopsy.