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All Things Maine

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Proposal Would Protect Lynx Habitat

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed designating 10,633 square miles in northern Maine as critical habitat for the Canada lynx. The land in question lies in Aroostook, Franklin, Penobscot, Piscataquis and Somerset Counties.

The lynx was listed as a threatened species in 2000, which required that this critical-habitat designation be made.
Lori Nordstrom, a Fish and Wildlife Service wildlife biologist in Helena, said the agency doubts the effectiveness of the designation, but seeks to implement it to satisfy legal requirements.

"That's pretty much been their policy for some time and they include boilerplate language to that effect in virtually every designation," said Michael Senatore of Defenders of Wildlife in Washington, D.C. "We don't agree with it." [Link]
Lynx have been protected from hunting and trapping in Maine since 1967.

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