Dead female cougar found near northeast Nebraska
Sunday, 12 October 2014 11:18
The body of a mountain lion discovered in north-central Nebraska was the first female found outside the traditional cougar range in western Nebraska.
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission says the cougar's body was found was found along a road near Ericson, on the western edge of Nebraska's northeastern region, on Thursday, October 9th. The commission says it may have been hit by a vehicle.
The Omaha World-Herald reports that the cougar's gender is significant, because it could mean the establishment of a breeding population of the big cats in east-central Nebraska.
Sam Wilson, the commission's carnivore program manager, says the only female mountain lions previously identified in Nebraska have been well west of Ericson, in the Pine Ridge, Wildcat Hills and the central Niobrara River valley near Valentine.
Group files suit claiming voting rights violations
Sunday, 12 October 2014 11:15
Four Lakota residents of a community on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation have filed a federal lawsuit claiming voting rights violations.
The Rapid City Journal reports the Wanblee residents claim in their lawsuit that Jackson County is discriminating against Native Americans by not opening a satellite office in their community for voter registration and absentee voting.
Secretary of State Jason Gant says all of the county's residents have the same access to voter registration and absentee voting as every South Dakotan.
South Dakota residents can now request a voter registration form at the courthouse or online and mail it to the county auditor's office.
The lawsuit claims Jackson County's Native American residents have to travel twice as far as other residents to register in person or vote absentee.