That is exciting and that is sad
The exciting news, after rumors of mountain lion sightings and the finding of obviously lion killed white tail deer carcasses a rancher got a couple of pictures on his cell phone, they were on T.V. this evening. Game and Parks says it is a big male. Hasn't been any report of cattle being killed, they would rarely attack a full grown cow a calf perhaps and there has never been a case in Nebraska of a cougar attacking humans but on the news there was a warning if you find yourself facing a cougar don't turn and run, this triggers an attack mode but just face it wave your arms and make a lot of noise and they will invariably run away. They are mainly nocturnal anyway so the chances of meeting one are slim unless you are wandering the river corridor at night. They belong here in NE, they were wiped out in the early 1900's by hunters and they are needed as predators on deer.
The sad news, DIL called and said that Bear, the pyrennes died last night. He had diabetes and they thought they had it under control but the huge old guy didn't make it. She swears that will be the last dog they have since there is no one home in the daytime and no work for a working dog like a pyrennes. Bet she changes her mind in a few months.
More on the lions, there are some established populations in other countys but this is the first confirmed for us.