A Furry Predator Returns To the Wilds of Washington
It’s been more than 70 years since anyone saw the weasel-like fisher in Washington’s south Cascades.
But on Thursday, wildlife officials introduced seven of these elusive carnivores into the woods of Gifford Pinchot National Forest.
Fishers were eliminated from Washington by the mid-1950s through over-trapping. They prey on various small mammals, including mountain beavers, squirrels and snowshoe hares. They’re also one of the few predators of porcupines.
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Photo: Ken Christensen