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Wanted in Wyoming – The Rare Fisher

The rare mustelid (fisher), hasn’t been verified in Wyoming in decades, officials say.  But Wyoming Untrapped believes fisher are out there but not being reported.

“The fisher, a weasel-like small carnivore, will soon be examined by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a potentially threatened species in the Northern Rockies. Federal and state managers are grappling over whether the species is native to Wyoming.”

“The last confirmed Wyoming occurrence, Boyd and Walker said, was a specimen trapped in the 1920s on the Beartooth Plateau east of Yellowstone National Park. Before that a fisher pelt was confiscated inside Yellowstone back in the 1890s.”

“In 2014 a Game and Fish employee told the News&Guide that a fisher was caught in trap in the Bighorn Mountains in the 1960s.”

“A list of species “of greatest conservation need” in Wyoming now under revision proposes removing fishers because of their long absence. Under Wyoming statute, however, the species is protected and cannot be trapped in the state.”

If you spot a fisher, alive or not, in a trap or free, past or present or future, please share details and photos. Helpful information includes photos of tracks with a scale for comparison and location coordinates. Send to  info@wyominguntrapped.org or call 307-201-2422.

Read full article:  Missing Fishers to be Considered for Protected List by Mike Koshmrl, JHNews and Guide

3 Comments

  • John Rector

    After some passage of time, my wife and I are reasonably certain that we spotted a fisher near Newcastle, Wyoming near the end of September, 2017. We were driving between Sundance and Newcastle. It was near an old barn or shed. I’ve read that fishers prefer old growth forests as chosen habitat. However, this area could be described as more of a grassland. Since September I have been looking at various photos of critters in both the weasel and feline families. After showing my wife the fisher photo, she agrees that this is what we encountered.

    • Wyoming Untrapped

      Hi John
      Thank you for sharing this possible fisher sighting with us. You are right that it doesn’t appear to be located in fisher habitat, but we are taking note of the location and date, and will forward to the appropriate wildlife biologist. Please let us know if you learn of more sightings. Now, if only we had a photo! Thank you John.

  • paula mcnerney

    I had a brief sighting of what I believe was a fisher in the Pole Mountain section of Medicine Bow National Forest in the summer of 2017. I was walking near a stream in a lightly used area of Pole Mountain searching for trout in the stream and its beaver ponds. The animal seemed much too large to be a fisher, approximately 30 inches long, one third of that being its bushy tail. Color of milk chocolate.

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