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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
  • Fall 2017 - Fisher reintroductions tentatively planned for Washington's North Cascades National Park and the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.
  • Late 2016 and early 2017 - Fisher reintroductions in Mount Rainier National Park and Gifford Pinchot National Forests continue, with another 40 or more fishers planned to be released.
  • Lake 2015 and early 2016 - Fishers reintroduced into Washington's South Cascades near Mount Rainier. Approximatly 40 fishers reintroduced in late 2015 and early 2016.
  • October 2014 - Public comment opens on fisher reintroduction in the Cascade Mountains
  • August 2013 - National Park Service proposes to return fishers to the Cascades at Mount Rainier and North Cascades National Parks and surrounding national forests.
  • May 2009 - Remote camera images capture first fisher kits in Olympics after their reintroduction.
  • January 2008 -Fisher releases begin in Olympic National Park, approximately 90 fishers released around the Olympic Peninsula over three years.
  • 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 - Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission lists fishers as endangered in WA.
  • 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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