Discussion Topic Update: Maine Trappers Settle With Antis

Last week we asked if antis could ban trapping in Maine. Here's the latest, from the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance:

_Sportsmen have reached a legal settlement in a lawsuit that threatened to ban trapping in Maine. The decision will allow trapping to continue in the state.

On Oct. 4, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife (DIFW) agreed to restrict trap sizes in areas where Canada lynx exist. The action is part of a settlement between the state and the Animal Protection Institute (API), an anti-trapping organization that filed suit in 2006 to ban trapping. The group argued that all trapping should be prohibited to prevent the inadvertent catch of federally-protected Canada lynx.

“We will get to continue trapping in Maine with minimal restrictions,” said Skip Trask, executive director of the Maine Trappers Association. “The attorneys for the U.S. Sportsm_en’s Alliance Foundation did an outstanding job. Without them, we would have been in serious trouble.”

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