BANGOR — A Pennsylvania fur trapper is due to go on trial on charges he trapped a threatened Canada lynx in remote northern Maine.

Forty-year-old William McCoy of Fayetteville, Pa., pleaded not guilty last week in U.S. District Court in Bangor to charges he violated the Endangered Species Act by killing the lynx and a protected bird in 2008. A trial is set for October.

The Bangor Daily News says McCoy lives in Maine during trapping season.

A federal complaint says McCoy was warned during the 2008 trapping season that his traps did not comply with Maine rules intended to prevent the unintended capture of lynx and other species, but he continued to set illegal traps.

In December 2008 wardens discovered a dead lynx near McCoy’s traps in Stacyville.

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