Injured mountain lion found dead near Loup River bridge

A mountain lion was found deceased near the Loup River bridge in Nance County. It died from...
A mountain lion was found deceased near the Loup River bridge in Nance County. It died from injuries sustained in a vehicle accident the day prior.(Nance County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Sep. 22, 2021 at 8:12 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 22, 2021 at 5:22 PM CDT
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FULLERTON, Neb. (KSNB) - UPDATE: The Nance County Sheriff’s Office announced Wednesday that their office along with Nebraska Game and Parks located the mountain lion deceased.

Nance County deputies, the sheriff and Game and Parks found the mountain lion around 12:30 p.m. in a wooded area east of Highway 14, just north of the Loup River bridge.

The Sheriff’s Office deployed their drone, equipped with a thermal camera and located a large heat source through the trees. The drone pilot was able to guide a deputy on foot directly to the heat source which was a male mountain lion.

The animal had been dead for several hours and appears to have succumbed to injuries from the vehicle collision.

The crash happened around 8:30 Tuesday night on Highway 14, just south of Fullerton, north of the Loup River bridge.

The animal has since been removed from the scene.


At approximately 8:30 p.m. on September 21, 2021 the Nance County Sheriff’s Office was called to a single vehicle accident on Highway 14 just south of Fullerton, north of the Loup River Bridge. The driver reported striking an animal they believed to be a mountain lion.

Deputies found evidence that the driver had correctly identified the animal, but were not able to locate the animal along the highway. Due to the close proximity to houses and to the city of Fullerton a search of the area was conducted by members of the Nance County Sheriff’s Office and Nebraska Game and Parks. Residents in the area were notified of the situation.

The animal was not located. The Sheriff’s Office will continue to work with Game and Parks to ensure the safety of everyone in our community. We will be conducting further searches of the area south of Fullerton during the day time.

An injured predator such as a mountain lion can be extremely dangerous and unpredictable if encountered in the wild. We encourage everyone to be aware of your surroundings and if you do come across an injured animal do not approach it, leave the area slowly and cautiously, then contact the Sheriff’s Office at 308-536-2452.

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