Federal Court Ruling Bans Use of Most Strangulation Snares in Canada Lynx Habitat

The U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota ordered the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) to ban most uses of strangulation snares in northeastern Minnesota. The order resolves an Endangered Species Act (ESA) lawsuit brought by the Center for Biological Diversity against MDNR to protect ESA-listed Canada lynx who are inadvertently harmed by the traps. The current lynx population in Minnesota may be as low as fifty.