First Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds Maine Court's Lynx Decision Under the Endangered Species Act

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On October 20, 2010, the First Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston issued a decision upholding the refusal of Judge Woodcock of the U.S. District Court for Maine to require the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (DIFW) to ban the use of foothold traps. Animal Welfare Institute v. Martin. Because AWI was not able to show that any lynx have been killed in foothold traps, or even that lynx suffer serious physical injury from being trapped in foothold traps, AWI could not show irreparable harm from the foothold traps.

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