Vehicle hits mountain lion near Fullerton
(Fullerton, NE) - At approximately 8:30 pm 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 was 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.
At approximately 12:30 pm Nance County Deputies, Sheriff Bakewell and Nebraska Game and Park located the mountain lion 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 Animal was removed from the scene by the Sheriff’s Office and Game and Parks.