MISSOULA — A federal judge has ruled that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service must do more to protect Canada lynx from bobcat traps.
The Missoulian reports the lawsuit by WildEarth Guardians and Center for Biological Diversity claimed the federal agency of failing to follow a treaty protecting endangered species and of not doing enough to stop trappers from capturing the wrong animal.
Lynx are classified as a threatened species under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.
U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy found the agency’s rules were “both overbroad and underinclusive.”
The judge found that agency wasn’t doing enough to protect the cat by relying on trappers to self-report accidental captures of lynx.
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