Judge allows USSA involvement in suit to defend Minn. trapping
A federal court judge will allow the U.S. Sportsmens Alliance Foundation to represent trappers interests in a lawsuit brought to ban trapping in Minnesota. The suit also creates legal precedent that threatens hunting, fishing and trapping if the activities might result in incidental take of an endangered species. Chief U.S. Magistrate Judge Raymond Erickson granted the U.S. Sportsmens Alliance Foundation (USSAF) and its U.S. Sportsmens Legal Defense Fund (U.S. SLDF) permission to join the suit, which was brought by the Humane Society of the United States and a smaller animal rights group. The antis are suing the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources claiming that since the state holds a population of Canada lynx, a species protected under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), all trapping of any species should be stopped to prevent incidental catch of lynx. This is an attempt by the antis to ban trapping in Minnesota and establish legal precedent to ban a wide range of taking of wildlife. The case could set a precedent that affects how the ESA can be applied throughout the nation. If antis can stop trapping in a place where there is a risk of catching lynx, they can just as easily try to stop fishing in bodies of water where there is a risk of catching endangered sturgeon. The SLDF has joined the case, along with the Minnesota Trappers Association, Fur Takers of America, the National Trappers Association and Minnesota trappers Todd Roggenkamp and Cory Van Driel. The SLDF is the nations only litigation force that exclusively represents sportsmens interests in the courts. It defends wildlife management and sportsmens 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. For more information about how you can protect your rights as a sportsman, contact The U.S. Sportsmens Alliance, (614) 888-4868 or www.ussportsmen.org
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