LB 671, introduced by Omaha Sen. Ernie Chambers, repeals the law passed in 2012 that authorized the state Game and Parks Commission to hold a mountain lion hunting season.
The bill continues to allow farmers and ranchers to kill a mountain lion that they perceive to be a threat.
Senators passed the bill on a 28-13 vote. The governor could veto it.
In 2013, Nebraska held its first limited mountain lion hunting season, which was approved after a round of public hearings. Three lions were hunted and killed in the northwest part of the state.
Earlier that year, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission estimated there were about 25 mountain lions in the state.
Female mountain lions have a litter every 1-3 years. Litter size is typically two cubs, according to a Utah study.
Chambers made the bill a priority this session. He threatened to filibuster (stop legislation for) millions of dollars in funds for the Game and Parks Commission if the cougar hunting season was not eliminated.