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A homecoming for fisher

Feb 28, 2008
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In 2008, eighteen Pacific fishers return home to their forest habitat in Washington State for the first time in over 80 years.

Long-lost forest mammal is restored to Washington

Second release of fishers into the forests of Olympic National Park on March 2, 2008. Photo by Paul Bannick

On January 27, 2008, after five years of careful planning, the first fishers were released into old forests in the Olympic National Park, including a location near the Elwha River. A crowd that included students from Stevens Elementary School in Port Angeles was on hand to witness the historic event. On March 2, 2008, seven more fishers were released following the original eleven.

Enjoy a fisher slideshow.

Read press coverage of fisher reintroduction.

In 2002, Conservation Northwest partnered with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to begin the process of reestablishing a native population of fisher to the forests of western Washington. A total of about a hundred fishers translocated from home forests in southern British Columbia will be released into the park over the next three years. Release of the fishers comes by way of generous support and encouragement of a grant provided by the Wildlife Conservation Society from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to advance Washington's wildlife action plan.

Mitch Friedman, executive director of Conservation Northwest, said it this way, "With fishers back home in the Olympic Peninsula, the magnificent old-growth ecosystem found here is now more complete."

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