Pacific Fisher Recommended For CA Endangered Protections

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Press Release Center for Biological Diversity

Pacific Fisher Recommended for California Endangered Species Act Protection

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SAN FRANCISCO— In response to a petition and lawsuit from the Center for Biological Diversity, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife today recommended state Endangered Species Act protection for the fisher in the southern Sierra Nevada portion of its range.

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Photo courtesy Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. This photo is available for media use.

Though this cat-like member of the weasel family was once wide-ranging, today only two naturally occurring fisher populations survive — one in the southern Sierra and another in Northern California. The department did not recommend protecting the fisher’s northern population. The state Fish and Game Commission will vote in August on whether to finalize protection for one or both populations.

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