2nd Try to Override Neb. Cougar Hunting Veto Fails

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Nebraska lawmakers have again failed to override Gov. Dave Heineman's veto of a bill that would ban mountain lion hunting.

The 28-21 vote on Thursday was two votes short of the support needed.

Lawmakers agreed to give Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha a second vote on his bill, one day after an initial veto-override motion failed.

Heineman argued in his veto message that state wildlife officials should have the power to regulate the mountain lion population through a controlled hunting season. Chambers, a well-known animal advocate, says the population in Nebraska is so small that management isn't necessary.

Nebraska approved its mountain lion hunting season in 2012. Mountain lions are native to Nebraska, but were virtually wiped out by early settlers.

The bill is LB671.

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