Appeals court upholds Maine trapping rules

Posted Oct. 22, 2010, at 9:55 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — An appeals court has upheld a federal district judge’s decision to let Maine trapping rules remain in effect despite complaints that they harm Canada lynx.

The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston issued its ruling this week. The Animal Welfare Institute and the Wildlife Alliance of Maine had sought a permanent injunction to force the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to change its trapping rules.

The two groups say fish and game regulators have abdicated their duty to enforce the Endangered Species Act. The Canada lynx is designated as threatened under the federal law.

Maine wildlife biologists say only two lynx have died after being caught in traps set for other animals since 1999. Maine’s general trapping season begins on Oct. 31.

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