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Wildlife Groups Sue to Stop Maine’s Trapping Season to Protect Canada Lynx

Three wildlife conservation groups filed a federal lawsuit Monday to stop Maine’s fur-trapping season in an effort to prevent the accidental killing of Canada lynx, a federally protected species.

The nonprofit organizations filed a joint lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Bangor against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, accusing the federal agency of allowing Maine to issue trapping licenses for fur-bearing animals such as coyote, fox and mink, even though Maine’s permitting process lacks the protections for lynx set out by the Endangered Species Act.

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Photo:  2012 Press Herald File Photo/John Patriquin A pair of Canada lynx share a home at the Maine Wildlife Park in Gray. Three groups are trying to block Maine’s fur-trapping season.

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