Press Release Center for Center for Biological Diversity
Fisher Proposed for Endangered Species Act Protection in California, Oregon, Washington
Rare Forest Carnivore, Decimated by Decades of Old-growth Logging and Fur-trapping,
Now Being Poisoned by Marijuana Growers
PORTLAND, Ore.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed Endangered Species Act protection today for a secretive carnivore that lives in old-growth forests in California, Oregon and Washington. The decision to protect the West Coast population of the fisher results from a landmark 2011 settlement with the Center for Biological Diversity to speed protection decisions on 757 imperiled plants and animals across the country; fishers are cat-like, medium-sized members of the weasel family with slender, brown bodies and long, bushy tails. They were extirpated from all of Washington, most of Oregon and half of California by a combination of trapping and logging. They are the only animals that regularly prey on porcupines.
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