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Big win in Maine! Today February 15, the federal judge in Maine issued the Order on the lawsuit claiming the USFWS inappropriately issued the State of Maine an Incidental Take Permit (ITP) for its trapping program. As an intervenor, NTA legal counsel worked with FTA and Maine Trappers Association on the brief writing and appeared at the oral argument on November 3, 2016 in Bangor. This is an important case for all states with a lynx population, or, with any ESA listed species, and will greatly assist us in protecting trapping going forward. Simply put, this is one of the best outcomes for trapping of any case to date. The Order upheld the ITP and dismissed all claims made by the Plaintiffs (Friends Of Animals, et al). A very good outcome. The case may be appealed, but the Order is well written and seems supported by the facts and law in the case.
There is an update on the status of each lawsuit in the coming issue of the American Trapper. Unfortunately, the timing of this Order prevented it from making the print deadline.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact me at 605-830-1009