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Incidental take permit on lynx not needed

Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Jan 18, 2015 11:31 am

Incidental take permit on lynx not needed

With respect to Maine's federally protected Canada lynx, there is suddenly good news and bad news. The good news is — or was — that the feds finally, after 6 years of outlandish dithering, recently granted the state an Incidental Take Permit (ITP) on lynx. Basically, the ITP is a binding agreement between the state and the federal government. It states that the state may allow commercial trapping for other fur-bearing critters in lynx territory as long as no more than three lynx are accidentally taken (killed) during the 15-year period of the agreement. Any more than three and the state is out of compliance.

Well, guess what? The ink was barely dry on the ITP signatures when, as luck would have it, two lynx were accidentally taken lethally by trappers, in the same week no less! That's the bad news. The additional bad news is that state wildlife managers felt obliged to immediately shut down all trapping in most of the North Woods.

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