Trappers Reminded of New Regulations in Northeastern Minnesota
In response to a federal court order, trapping regulations in northeastern Minnesota have changed to restrict, modify or eliminate the incidental take of Canada lynx. Trapping seasons begin on Oct. 25 in much of the state.
The new regulations apply east and north of U.S. Highway 53, which runs from Duluth to International Falls. A copy of the new regulations has been mailed to all trappers who purchased a license in 2007, and is posted online at www.mndnr.gov.
The Canada lynx is listed as a threatened species under the Federal Endangered Species Act. Any possession of lynx, including accidental taking, is a violation of federal law.
Any trapper who accidentally takes a lynx is required to notify their local conservation officer. Persons who know about the take of a lynx can report it by calling Turn in Poachers (TIP) at 800-652-9093.
Further information about avoiding the take of lynx is available in “How to Avoid the Incidental Take of Lynx while Trapping and Hunting Bobcats and other Furbearers.” This document is online at www.mndnr.gov