Minnesota put on notice over incidental trapping of lynx

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FILE – In this April 19, 2005 file photo, a Canada lynx heads into the Rio Grande National Forest after being released near Creede, Colo. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is starting a review of Canada lynx at a time when the largest population of the cats in the Lower 48 is poised for a decline. Federal biologist Jim Zelenak says the end of clear-cutting in Maine is allowing forests to fill in, taking away habitat preferred by snowshoe hares upon which lynx feed. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – An environmental group has put the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources on notice that it plans to sue the agency for failing to protect Canada lynx from trappers. 

The Center for Biological Diversity says it’s ready to sue, saying the state has failed to comply with a 2008 court order that’s meant to protect lynx from being caught by trappers seeking other species.

The group says state and federal agencies have documented captures of 16 lynx over the past decade in traps that were set for other species in Minnesota, including six that resulted in deaths of the rare cats.

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