Reintroduction of fishers
Conservation Northwest has worked to successfully bring back Pacific fisher, a small native mammal missing from Washington's forests for 80 years.
In 2002, Conservation Northwest partnered with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to begin a process that has now returned Pacific fisher, a small native carnivore, to the forests of Washington. As of 2009, and nearly a century after they were lost from the state, close to 50 fishers have been released into Olympic National Park. Most recently, reintroduced fishers gave birth to kits, a major milestone in their recovery.
An initial feasibility study for the recovery process had pinpointed the old-growth forests of the Olympic Peninsula as best for fisher for its abundant prey and good denning habitat. The released animals originate from southern British Columbia where their populations are robust. Each was fitted with a tiny radio transmitter for tracking, information that's useful to biologists as they fine-tune future ongoing releases within the park. A total of 100 fishers were reintroduced.
Conservation Northwest commends the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Olympic National Park, and all partners for leadership on fisher reintroduction. We are honored to be a major player in bringing the Pacific fisher home to Washington.