Up to four mountain lions may be killed next year in the Pine Ridge area of the Nebraska Panhandle, the only area known to have a reproducing population of the big cats.

There will be two seasons in the area, with a limit of two mountain lions for each. The first season will be January 1st to February 14th. One permit will be issued by auction and one will be issued by lottery to a state resident.

The second season will be February 15th to March 31st. There will be 100 lottery permits issued to residents.

Each season will close immediately once the quota of two mountain lions or one female is met.