BANGOR — Maine wildlife officials say one lynx has been killed and at least six others captured in traps during the 2011-12 trapping season at a time state officials await federal action on a permit intended to shield the state from liability when the protected wildcats are inadvertently caught.

Wally Jakubas of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife says the six lynx released alive after being caught in foothold traps showed little or no sign of harm.

He tells the Bangor Daily News the investigation into the killed lynx is continuing and the trapper faces charges.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is reviewing the state’s application for an “incidental take” permit that would protect the state and trappers from legal claims if lynx are inadvertently caught in legally set traps intended for other species.

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