PORT ANGELES — The rare, weasel-like fisher will remain on Washington state’s endangered species list, despite signs that it’s making a comeback since being reintroduced.
The Peninsula Daily News reported that the state Fish and Wildlife Commission voted 6-0 Friday to retain state-specific protections for the small mammal following a meeting in Port Angeles.
Fishers are native to Washington but were wiped out by the middle of last century through over-trapping and habitat loss. They were listed as endangered in the state in 1998, but have been reintroduced in Olympic National Park and in the South Cascades.
Hannah Anderson, who manages Fish and Wildlife’s Listing and Recovery Section, says the state is on its way to “an unparalleled conservation success” with the fishers, but taking them off the endangered list will take a little more time.