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Fishers: Making a comeback

Pacific fishers are making a comeback in Washington state. In 2001, Conservation Northwest granted $80,000 to the Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife to begin work that resulted in the reintroduction of fishers to the Olympic Peninsula in 2008 and planned reintroduction to the Cascades beginning in 2015.

Fisher release into the Olympics, Tacoma News Tribune
Fisher release into the Olympics, Tacoma News Tribune
  • August 2013 - National Park Service proposes to return fishers to the Cascades at Mount Rainier and North Cascades National Park.
  • May 2009 - Remote camera images capture first fisher kits in Olympics after their reintroduction.
  • January 2008 - Eleven fishers released in Olympic National Park. 
  • 2007 - Environmental assessment of fisher impact to Olympic National Park is released, giving the green light to begin fisher reintroductions. 
  • 2004 - Fisher listed as endangered species candidate by USFWS. 
  • 2002 - Conservation Northwest partners with WA Department of Fish and Wildlife to reintroduce and reestablish fisher to the Olympic Peninsula. 
  • 1998 - WA Fish and Wildlife Commission lists fishers as endangered in WA.
  • 1969 - Last wild fisher seen in Washington. 
  • 1930s - Fishers disappear from Washington. 
  • 1800s to 1900s-Fishers are heavily trapped for thick fur and large extent of habitat is logged.

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