ME: Authorities Investigate Slaying of Endangered Lynx
October 30, 2009
Authorities Investigate Slaying of Endangered Lynx 10/30/2009 12:09 PM ET
The cat was shot to death after being caught in a trap set for a fox or
State and federal officials are investigating the killing of an
endangered Canada lynx in a wooded area north of Rangeley. The cat was found
shot to death October 21st after being caught in a trap.
Officials with the state's Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
say they're investigating the incident in conjunction with the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service. Canada lynx have been listed as a threatened species under
the Federal Endangered Species Act since 2000.
Conservationists say they're dismayed by the shooting. Daryl Dejoy of the
Wildlife Alliance of Maine says the lynx was shot in the trap by a passing
bird hunter, though state officials declined to confirm that, citing the
Dejoy says there are very few of the cats left in Maine. "Trapping them
is illegal, whether it's on purpose or incidentally," Dejoy says. "And
certainly what the hunter did, which was to blatantly kill a lynx -- in my
opinion, he should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law."
Biologists estimate that there are between 200 and 500 Canada lynx in
Maine. The Wildlife Alliance of Maine and the Washington, D.C.- based Animal
Welfare Institute are suing the state for allowing traps capable of catching
Canada Lynx. The court case is pending.
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