Lawsuit seeks protections for the Pacific fisher
SAN FRANCISCO—Two environmental groups are suing California wildlife officials seeking stronger protections for a forest dwelling mammal called the Pacific fisher.
Lawyers for the Center for Biological Diversity and Earthjustice say the fisher, related to the mink and wolverine, are almost extinct in Washington and Oregon, and that two small populations in California deserve state endangered species protection.
A spokeswoman for the California Fish and Game Commission, which has denied endangered species protections for the fisher, declined to comment.
Fishers once thrived in the old-growth forests of the west, but they've been killed as logging and development have shrunk their habitat.
The center originally filed a petition in January 2008 to protect the fisher.
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