- Associated Press - Thursday, November 3, 2016

BANGOR, Maine (AP) - A judge is set to hear arguments in a lawsuit targeting the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to grant an “incidental take” permit for Canada lynx in Maine.

Two separate lawsuits by Friends of Animals and Center for Biological Diversity have been combined into one action that will be heard by U.S. District Judge Jon Levy on Thursday. The judge will issue a ruling later.

The lawsuit takes federal regulators to task for allowing up to 195 of the cats to be trapped, and three killed, over a 15-year period.

There was outrage when two cats were killed shortly after the rules went into place in November 2014. The state ended trapping that season and later put in additional measures to prevent deaths of lynx in traps intended for other animals.

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