Anti-trapping groups are pursuing a lawsuit in Montana that would ban or severely restrict trapping in Big Sky Country. The groups claim that the state’s trapping regulations do not provide enough protection for Canada Lynx, which are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.
The anti-trapping groups have filed a 60-day notice of intent to sue the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, which is a required step before a lawsuit can be filed, according to a U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance news release.
“Anti-trapping organizations have used this same backdoor tactic to try and ban trapping in both Maine and Minnesota,” USSA Foundation Senior Vice President Rob Sexton said in the release. “It is another prime example of their misuse of the ESA in the courts as a tool to ban hunting, fishing or trapping.”
The groups filing the notice include WildEarth Guardians, the Alliance for the Wild Rockies, Friends of the Wild Swan, and Native Ecosystems Council.
The USSAF will use its Sportsmen’s Legal Defense Fund to evaluate the lawsuit if it is filed, according to their release.