Although the Pacific Fisher used to ramble and fish throughout the Pacific Northwest before white settlers moved in, they are now pretty much found only in scattered pockets and mainly along the Oregon-California border in the Siskiyou Mountains.
Ecologists were recently encouraged by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service when it said it was going to put them on the U.S. Endangered Species List. But USFWS changed their mind. USFWS now says the furry animals, the size of large cats, are not endangered – there’s just not enough of them.
Being true to their observation, USFWS has launched a large “re-population drive” to re-introduce the fisher into the North Oregon Coast Range and in select areas of the Willamette National Forest in the Mount Hood area. They say a population around Crater Lake appears to be doing fine.
And USFWS has even enlisted the cooperation of major timber companies in their plans. Here’s the story in The Oregonian. Click here.