Idaho Sued for 'Standing Idly By' in Lynx-Trapping Incidents




Officials with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game say they're not aware of any lynx being legally trapped in Idaho "in many, many years;" but that didn't stop the Center for Biological Diversity from filing suit against Idaho, saying it is "improperly allowing trapping that leads to the death of lynx."

"It's shameful that Idaho officials have just sat idly by for years," Amy Atwood of the Center for Biological Diversity told the Missoulian. "Idaho can't just ignore federal law and go on condoning the trapping of this rare and magnificent cat."

Atwood's group estimates that fewer than 100 lynx remain in Idaho.

"We've had a couple of incidental takes," IDFG spokesman Mike Keckler told the Missoulian. "I can think of three in the last several years. Two were safely released and the third, a trapper mistook it for a bobcat and killed it. It was properly reported."

Lynx have been on the endangered species list since 2000, and in 2013 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed that 41,547 square miles, including parts of Idaho, Montana, Washington, Wyoming, Maine and Minnesota, be designated as critical habitat for lynx.

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