This week, the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation filed comments to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service supporting the issuance of an incidental take permit that would help protect trapping in the state. Click here to read USSAF’s full comments to the Service.
On November 9, 2011, the Service announced it would considering issuing an incidental take permit to Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. The permit would allow the state, and licensed trappers, to accidentally trap a small number of Canada lynx, when trapping for other legal species, without being in violation of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Essentially, the permit would recognize that a few accidentally caught Canada lynx do not threaten the species’ ability to survive and recover.