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Lynx Protection Zone & Trap Restrictions

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Canada lynx are a federally listed Threatened Species. There is no open season for the trapping or hunting of lynx in Maine. Fish and Wildlife biologists have confirmed the presence of reproducing lynx in northern Maine. To protect the lynx, and to help ME trappers avoid accidentally taking lynx, Fish and Wildlife worked with the ME Trappers Association to delineate a lynx protection zone in the northern and Maine area where special regulations are in effect.

Restrictions Within the “Lynx Protection Zone”

Killer-type (body-gripping) traps

Killer-type traps may be used to trap for all legal species of furbearing animal, but the size of the traps (jaw spread), and the Wildlife Management District determines where you are allowed to set them:

  • In all WMDs throughout the state, killer-type traps with a jaw spread greater than 8 inches may be used only during the beaver trapping season and must be completely under water when set, placed, and tended.
  • In WMDs 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, and 20–29, killer-type traps with a jaw spread from 5 to 8 inches can be used if when set, placed, and tended they are completely under water or at least 4 feet above the ground or snow. Killer-type traps with a jaw spread of 5 inches or less can be set in these WMDs at ground or snow level, above ground level, or under water.
  • In WMDs 1 through 11, 14, 18, and 19, killer-type traps with a jaw spread of 8 inches or less can be used if when set, placed, and tended they are completely under water or at least 4 feet above the ground or snow level and must be at least 4 feet away from any bank.

    When a killer-type trap is affixed to a pole or tree:

    • The pole or tree must be no greater than 4 inches in diameter (or 12.6 inches in circumference) at 4 feet above the ground or snow level, and must be at angle of 45 degrees or greater to the ground the entire distance from the ground to the trap.
    • If using a pole, the pole must be a natural section of a tree which has not been planed or sawed to create a flat surface.
    • The area within 4 feet of the trap in all directions must be free of trees, poles, or other objects greater than 4 inches in diameter (or 12.6 inches circumference) and must be free of all trees or poles that are slanted at an angle of less than 45 degrees to the ground at any point between the ground and the height of the trap.
  • In WMDs 1 through 11, 14, 18, and 19, killer-type traps with a jaw spread of 5 inches or less can also be used if when set, placed, and tended they are:
    1. Partially covered by water at all times, or
    2. Under overhanging stream banks, or
    3. In blind sets that use no bait, lure, or visible attractors; animal droppings or urine are allowed
  • In WMDs 7, 14, 18, and 19, killer type traps with a jaw spread of less than or equal to 7.5 inches can be also be set on the ground within a lynx exclusion device.

Lynx Exclusion Device

The trap jaws must be completely within the device, the trap springs can be outside of the device. The lynx exclusion device must not have an opening greater than 6 inches by 8 inches, the set trap within the device must be a minimum of 18 inches from the closest edge of the opening to the trap (intended for 160 and 220 killer-type traps) or; if the device has a 4 inches by 4 inches or less opening, the trap must be a minimum of 12 inches from the closest edge of the opening to the trap (intended for 120 killer-type traps). The opening must not be directly in front of the trap rather on the top or on the side of the device. The back of the device must be secured to withstand heavy pulling; if using wire mesh with a wood box, the wire mesh must wrap around two opposite sides of the box and be secured. There must be at least 2 attachment points for each side of the device were there is a joint or panels come together. The exclusion device can be constructed of wood, or wire mesh that does not exceed 1½ inches openings (side to side). The wire mesh has to be 16 gauge or less (wire diameter of 0.05 or greater). The opening slot in the exclusion device that allows the trap springs to extend outside the device can be no more than 7½ inches wide and a height of no more than 1½ inches. The trap must be anchored outside of the exclusion device. Bait must not be visible from above.

Foothold traps

Ordinary foothold traps may be used to trap for all legal species of furbearing animal, except that;

  • in WMDs 1–6 and 8–11, no foothold trap may be used that has an inside jaw spread of more than 538 inches, except that a foothold trap with an inside jaw spread of more than 538 inches may be used if it is set so as to be fully or partially covered by water at all times. Inside jaw spread is the distance, with the trap in the set position, from the inside center of one jaw (at the dog) to the inside center of the opposite jaw when measured directly across the center of the pan and perpendicular to the base plate. Every foothold trap used in these WMDs that is not set so as to be fully or partially covered by water at all times must be equipped with at least one chain swivel.

What do I do if I catch a lynx?

If you catch a lynx you must report to a game warden or biologist of the Department as soon as possible and prior to removing the animal from the trap, unless a Department official cannot be reached in time to prevent injury to the lynx. Any lynx released under this provision must be reported to the Department within 24 hours from this time it was discovered. If you catch a lynx call the lynx hotline (207) 592-4734 or your local game warden.

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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