Accidental lynx killing investigated in Maine

Article Date: Thursday, November 20, 2008
BANGOR, Maine (AP) _ Wildlife officials are looking into the accidental killing of a Canada lynx by a trapper in far northern Maine.
 
In a letter to U.S. District Judge, an attorney for the state Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife said the lynx was found Nov. 17 by a trapper in northern Aroostook County.
 
Officials with Inland Fisheries and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are investigating whether the trap was legally set.
 
The discovery of the lynx could have implications for a federal court case that is seeking additional restrictions on trapping to protect populations of lynx. The plaintiffs say state officials are violating the Endangered Species Act by allowing trapping practices that can harm, kill or harass lynx, which are listed as a threatened species.
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Information from: Bangor Daily News, http://www.bangornews.com
 
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