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In six cases lions ended up dead, either as the result of accidents or because they were shot.
One 2003 confirmation was a live capture of a 108 lb. In early 2010, NPGC determined that the Pine Ridge area of Nebraska has a breeding population making it the third breeding population in the northern prairie area.
The species had been nearly extirpated from the state in the early 1900's as a result of bounty programs.
Since receiving legal protection in 1978, a cougar population has become re-established in the Black Hills.
It appears that growing cougar populations in the western states of Montana, Wyoming and Colorado are spilling over into the adjacent Prairie States.
Western cougar populations have been resurgent since the 1960's, largely due to increased legal protections (i.e., game animal status) and prey populations (primarily deer and elk).
The Cougar Network has documented a significant amount of cougar activity in the Northern Prairie region.Separate interactive maps are presented below for each sub-region.A discussion of each can be found beneath the respective map.Manitoba provincial wildlife authorities believe that the province may harbor a small population of cougars (note that Manitoba is not shown on map, see "Big Picture" map for location of Manitoba confirmations just north of North Dakota border).Two cougars were killed in separate incidents in late 2004. There was another one caught on film in January of 2007.