Target: Daniel M. Ashe, Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Goal: Protect the Canadian lynx by eliminating an accidental kill permit
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service allows Maine trappers to continue recreational trapping even when the Canadian lynx is at harm. With 13 lynx captures since September 1, trapping and lynx education efforts have not been successful. It is time to demand that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service stops allowing trappers the ability to obtain an “incidental take permit.”
Although no longer endangered or threatened, the Canadian lynx still remains a species of special concern. Trappers often accidentally catch and injure these beautiful, wild cats. The only way the state and federal government can monitor how many lynx are being trapped is by trusting that trappers will report all lynx captures and injuries. Without a solid system of monitoring, there is no way of knowing how many of these cats are actually being harmed. Sadly, according to a study of a population of radio-collared lynx in Maine, only about half of captured lynx die within 30 days.
Ground traps are not the only cause for alarm—trappers use a variety of systems to capture animals. For example, Maine allows the use of cable restraints, which capture an animal around the neck without chocking it. However, any cable restraint used to capture a smaller animal could potentially kill larger mammals such as deer, coyotes, and Canadian lynx.
By signing this petition, you are urging the Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to stop the “incidental take permit” to protect the federally protected, majestic Canadian lynx.
Dear Director Ashe,
Canadian lynx living in Maine are at risk from trappers. The “incidental take permit” threatens the lynx population, which is federally protected. Trapped or injured lynx are only monitored by trappers. To truly protect this majestic creature, a sound conservation effort must be enforced. The government cannot rely on trappers to self-report all devastating lynx captures or injuries.
Since the beginning of trapping season in Maine, 13 lynx have been captured. Although none of the captured were killed, their life expectancy is low. A study on radio-collared lynx in Maine had discovered that only half of captured lynx survived more than a month. We must protect this lynx population from reaching the threatened list as it did in 2000. Please take action to protect this beautiful creature from accidental harm.
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