Conservationists fight for ESA protection of Pacific Fisher
On September 15, the California Fish and Game Commission, over the objections of independent and agency scientists, rejected protection of the Pacific fisher under the California Endangered Species Act.
Fishers, a mammal in the weasel family that lives in mature forests, can be found in the North West Territories of Canada and as far south as Washington, Oregon, and California. They are related to martens, otters, and wolverines. Fishers are nocturnal and rarely seen by humans.
Once an abundant species, scientists have been concerned about the survival of the species for over 20 years, due to habitat loss, timber harvest, disease, development, and climate change, which has reduced populations to smaller fragments.
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