Right now, a federal judge seems to saying, “Yes.”
From the Bangor Daily News:
_A federal judge told attorneys for the state Friday that Maine appears to be violating the Endangered Species Act by allowing trapping that could harm Canada lynx.
U.S. District Court Judge John Woodcock . . . made clear that he believes the state has an uphill battle in the lawsuit filed by the organization Animal Protection Institute. If successful, the suit could dramatically affect — or even bring to a halt — trapping throughout much of central and northern Maine.
“I don’t think anyone here is accusing anybody of deliberately trapping lynx, but if trappers . . . accidentally or inadvertently take lynx, then that is a violation of the Endangered Species Act,” Woodcock [said]. “I sympathize very much with the state of Maine on this but that is a personal sympathy, not a judicial one,” [he] added._
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