Friday, December 11, 2009

Wildlife groups call for stronger Canada lynx protections

12/10/2009 03:57 PM ET

The Animal Welfare Institute and the Wildlife Alliance of Maine say the feds aren't doing enough to protect the threatened cat from being caught in traps.

Two wildlife advocacy groups in Maine are pressing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service to do more to prevent Maine's population of Canada lynx from being caught in traps. The Animal Welfare Institute and the Wildlife Alliance of Maine today said the agency has failed to adequately protect the cat, which is listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

"At least 47 lynx have been incidentally trapped in Maine over the last decade and each time this happens, the ESA is violated," says Camilla Fox, a wildlife consultant for AWI, in a statement. "Since lynx were listed as a federally threatened species in 2000, they have been incidentally trapped in Maine. It is imperative that the Service take all necessary steps to prevent this unlawful harm from continuing."

Last month, the two groups lost a court bid to halt trapping in Maine, after a federal judge said they failed to prove that the state's trapping regulations will irreparably harm the lynx population. The AWI and WAM said today they are appealing the decision.

http://www.mpbn.net/News/MaineNews/tabid/181/ctl/ViewItem/mid/3483/ItemId/10130/Default.aspx

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