BANGOR (AP) – A federal judge is refusing to order the trapping season in northern Maine cut short in response to the deaths of two Canada lynx in recent weeks.

District Judge John Woodcock said Tuesday that that the two groups asking for the trapping restriction, the Wildlife Alliance of Maine and the Animal Welfare Institute, failed to show that lynx are being harmed by trappers who follow the state’s rules and regulations in areas where the threatened and federally protected lynx live.

The judge acknowledged that an illegally set trap ensnared one of the lynx.

A separate lawsuit filed by the two groups against the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is still pending with the court.

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