Maine wildlife officials have created new trapping laws this season to avoid the accidental trapping of the endangered species of Canadian Lynx in the state.
In November 2014 the department of inland fisheries and wildlife finalized it’s incidental take permit with the USFWS regarding the accidental trapping of Canadian Lynx. This agreement stated that only three Lynx were allowed to be killed over a 15 year period.
During the first month of the 2014-2015 trapping season, two Lynx where killed in legally set traps. Because of this, the department implemented a emergency rule in December 2014, which lasted for the rest of the trapping season. Starting this trapping season new laws have been put in place to avoid the killing of Lynx.
maine.gov states that the new laws this season prohibit the use of killer type traps, unless it is placed in a Lynx exclusion device, and the jaw spread does not exceed 8 inches. Or the trap has an inside jaw spread of 5 inches and is partially submerged in water at all times, is set under overhanging stream banks or is used in a blind set. Killer type traps can only be used without a Lynx exclusion device if when set it is completely under water. All foothold traps set on dry land must have at least three swiveling points along the chain. All foothold traps must be securely anchored to the ground, the use of drags are now prohibited. Every thing within the catch circle of a foothold trap must be cleared if it could cause entanglement of the trapped animal.