Friday, January 29, 2010

International cooperation helping restore fisher population in Olympic National Park

In a projecting highlighting international cooperation between the British Columbia Ministry of Environment, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and Olympic National Park, twelve fishers were released yesterday in Olympic National Park, continuing a three-year effort to reintroduce the animal to Washington State. About the size of a cat, fishers are members of the weasel family, and are native to the forests of Washington, including the Olympic Peninsula. The species vanished from the state decades ago because of over-trapping in the late 1800s and early 1900s and habitat loss and fragmentation.

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