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September 6, 2006 Beth Ruth (614) 888-4868 ext. 214

USSAF Joins Case to Protect Trapping in Minnesota

(Columbus) - The Sportsmen’s Legal Defense Fund today filed to intervene on behalf of sportsmen in a case which could ban trapping in Minnesota and set a far-reaching precedent regarding hunting, fishing and trapping across the country.

Animal rights groups have filed suit against the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources claiming that since Minnesota holds a population of Canadian lynx, a species protected under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), all trapping should be stopped in order to prevent incidental catch of lynx.

“This is a backdoor attempt by animal rights groups to not only ban trapping in Minnesota, but to establish legal precedent to ban a wide range of taking of wildlife,” said Rick Story, senior vice president for the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation (USSAF) which manages the U.S. Sportsmen’s Legal Defense Fund (SLDF). “This lawsuit is less about Canadian lynx and more about the animal rights groups’ desire to end all animal use, including trapping.”

The SLDF filed to join the case as a party defendant, along with the Minnesota Trappers Association, Fur Takers of America, the National Trappers Association and Cory Van Driel, a Minnesota trapper.

“This case could set a precedent that affects how the ESA can be applied throughout the nation,” said Story. “If trapping can be stopped to avoid catching a lynx in Minnesota, then what’s next? Banning all fishing in the Mississippi River, Great Lakes or any other body of water which holds endangered sturgeon?”

The SLDF is the nation’s only litigation force that exclusively represents sportsmen’s interests in the courts. It defends wildlife management and sportsmen’s rights in local, state and federal courts. The SLDF represents the interests of sportsmen and assists government lawyers who have little or no background in wildlife law.

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PostPosted: 06 Sep 2006, 16:42 
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We got a constitutional amendment passes a few years ago which protects our outdoor sports as a right in Minnesota and I beleive this covers trapping as well as hunting and fishing. Hopefully this will help at leadt make it harder than it has been in other states to outlaw trapping. The Mn. DNR is also committed to fighting this B.S. lawsuit. MTA is also working hard with them so I am very confident we will prevail.

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PostPosted: 06 Sep 2006, 17:06 
Good luck! I hope they slay the AR people in court, and set a precedent that can be used by other states.


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PostPosted: 06 Sep 2006, 19:08 
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I for one am tired of losing ground, its time to be proactive. hope yall do well up there. have been following this issue a bit,kinda has me thinkingthe ar people have finally flipped their lid! their story isnt believeable to me. but maybe to common man it seems plausible ,whatcha all think bout their "postion"?


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PostPosted: 25 Sep 2006, 11:53 
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The API is piling on now... :roll: Good thing we have the USSA fighting for us.

http://www.ussportsmen.org/interactive/features/Read.cfm?ID=1857

Additional Legal Challenge Brought to Ban Trapping in Minnesota- (09/21)
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A California-based animal rights group has brought a lawsuit to eliminate trapping in Minnesota and establish a precedent that would threaten hunting, fishing and trapping nationwide. The new complaint is strikingly similar to an existing suit that would ban trapping to eliminate incidental take of endangered species.

On Sept. 20, the Animal Protection Institute (API) filed a federal lawsuit against the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The case centers around Canada lynx, bald eagles and gray wolves, which are federally protected species. The API claims that because these animals could be caught in a trap, trapping should be prohibited.

The API suit is in line with a suit recently brought by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and a smaller animal rights group against the DNR. Similarly, they claim that since Minnesota holds a population of Canada lynx, a species protected under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), all trapping should be stopped to prevent incidental catch of lynx. There is no data proving that this has been a problem.

The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation (USSAF) and its Sportsmen’s Legal Defense Fund are reviewing the API suit to determine an appropriate course of action. The SLDF, the nation’s only litigation force that exclusively represents sportsmen’s interests in court, filed on Sept. 6 to join the suit brought by HSUS on sportsmen’s behalf.

“These suits are backdoor attempts by anti’s to achieve a political agenda; they have nothing to do with wildlife conservation,” said USSAF Senior Vice President Rick Story.

These cases could set precedents that would affect how the ESA can be applied throughout the nation. If trapping can be stopped to prevent the occasional catching of lynx in Minnesota, will fishing be banned in the Mississippi River, Great Lakes or other bodies of water that hold endangered sturgeon?

Animal rights groups previously used the Endangered Species Act to force the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to suspend trapping with snares. The state’s coyote snaring program is still in limbo as state wildlife officials attempt to obtain incidental take permits from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect the state if any listed species are inadvertently injured or killed in a snare.

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PostPosted: 25 Sep 2006, 14:56 
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The API also sent a letter to Maine's governor, giving him a 60 day notice to ban all trapping in the state or be brought to court for "...being in violation of subsections of the Endangered Species Act."

We stopped snaring coyotes to study the problem of catching lynx, but this has gone too far.

Animal Rights Group Threatens Lawsuit To Ban Trapping In Maine

The State of Maine was served notice by certified mail on April 18, 2006, that an animal rights group plans to file a lawsuit against the State for alleged violations of the Federal Endangered Species Act. The Animal Protection Institute (API), based in Sacramento, California, filed this official notice of intent with Governor Baldacci, Attorney General Rowe and F&W Commissioner Dan Martin.

The four-page letter, filled with all sorts of legal jargon, begins as follows:

“We are writing to request that you take immediate action to remedy the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s (IFW) ongoing violations of the Endangered Species Act (ESA), 16 U.S.C. Section 1531 et.seq., resulting from the take of threatened species directly arising out of IFW’s trapping program. The Canada lynx, gray wolf, and bald eagle are all federally listed species protected under the ESA. Annually, numerous lynx have been taken in traps and snares authorized by IFW’s trapping program. Bald eagles have also been taken by these traps. By authorizing activities that result in the take of these species, the IFW is in violation of ESA, Section 9, which prohibits the taking of listed species. This letter serves as official 60-day notice as required under the ESA’s citizen provision suit, 16 U.S.C. Section 1540(g), of our intent to sue you to enforce the law if you do not act within the next 60 days to remedy these situations.”


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PostPosted: 25 Sep 2006, 15:01 
Wow... that's total bulldookey.


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PostPosted: 25 Sep 2006, 15:06 
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MEtrapper wrote:
The API also sent a letter to Maine's governor, giving him a 60 day notice to ban all trapping in the state or be brought to court for "...being in violation of subsections of the Endangered Species Act."

We stopped snaring coyotes to study the problem of catching lynx, but this has gone too far.

Animal Rights Group Threatens Lawsuit To Ban Trapping In Maine

The State of Maine was served notice by certified mail on April 18, 2006, that an animal rights group plans to file a lawsuit against the State for alleged violations of the Federal Endangered Species Act. The Animal Protection Institute (API), based in Sacramento, California, filed this official notice of intent with Governor Baldacci, Attorney General Rowe and F&W Commissioner Dan Martin.

The four-page letter, filled with all sorts of legal jargon, begins as follows:

“We are writing to request that you take immediate action to remedy the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s (IFW) ongoing violations of the Endangered Species Act (ESA), 16 U.S.C. Section 1531 et.seq., resulting from the take of threatened species directly arising out of IFW’s trapping program. The Canada lynx, gray wolf, and bald eagle are all federally listed species protected under the ESA. Annually, numerous lynx have been taken in traps and snares authorized by IFW’s trapping program. Bald eagles have also been taken by these traps. By authorizing activities that result in the take of these species, the IFW is in violation of ESA, Section 9, which prohibits the taking of listed species. This letter serves as official 60-day notice as required under the ESA’s citizen provision suit, 16 U.S.C. Section 1540(g), of our intent to sue you to enforce the law if you do not act within the next 60 days to remedy these situations.”


It has been more than 60 days. Was that suit ever filed?

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PostPosted: 26 Sep 2006, 01:24 
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man i hope these anti's get crushed!!!!i am about sick of hearing crap like this from the anti's.its far past time to put them back in there place


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PostPosted: 26 Sep 2006, 07:48 
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I emailed both the Governor (good luck getting any reply from his office) and the Department Commissioner. No one answered yet but I resubmitted it again. I'll let you folks know.

No Maine court will ever ban trapping. I worry about an appeal to a federal court. Last year we had a people's ballot question that wanted us to ban bear baiting, running bear with hounds, and all bear trapping...it lost.

However, the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Department used its regulatory power to reduce the number of traps from two down to one without asking trappers first...they said that you could only harvest one bear a year regardless of the method, so why have two traps out and risk catching two bear.


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You know this kind of crap is enough to make me want to take the ESA out behind the shed and put one in its head. :evil: This is gross misuse of its intended purpose There is no way wolves eagles or lynx are anything close to endangered if anything we have too many wolves here and the eagles are plentiful lynx may not be common but we are on the southern edge of their range and the climate/winters have been warming which isn't beneficial to them. Besides there are thousands upon thousands across canada and alasksa.

Ya wanna know what an endangered species is people with a shred of common sense. :!:

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PostPosted: 27 Sep 2006, 09:00 
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MEtrapper-- Keep on 'em. You are doing your part. Thanks. :)

From what I have read, the lynx populations mirror the snowshoe hare populations. More hares = more lynx. Fewer hares = fewer lynx.

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PostPosted: 27 Sep 2006, 13:03 
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we had best give up our vehicles to, because they could also get run over. friggin' idiots!


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PostPosted: 27 Sep 2006, 14:19 
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actually cars have killed more than accidental trapping in the dnr's study group so maybe all road should be closed to vehicles in lynx range.

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mudtracker wrote:
actually cars have killed more than accidental trapping in the dnr's study group so maybe all road should be closed to vehicles in lynx range.


That's a pretty good argument. I like that one.

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