Fisher comeback in the North Cascades
Once found in forests throughout Washington state, fishers haven’t been seen there in decades. Excessive trapping and habitat loss is believed to have caused the population drop of this brown, bushy-tailed member of the weasel family.
Wildlife managers, including some with the National Park Service, are now turning back the ecological clock. In these final weeks of the year 40 fishers from British Columbia are being released in and near Mount Rainier National Park. Later on, North Cascades National Park will get a batch. Reintroduction efforts have proven successful in Olympic National Park, where 90 fishers were released over several years starting in 2008.
Photo courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.