'Fishers' Reintroduced Into Olympic National Park (250 Imported From Canada)

'Fishers' Reintroduced Into Olympic National Park (250 Imported From Canada)

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'Fishers' Reintroduced Into Olympic National Park (250 Imported From Canada)

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A species called ‘fishers’ are being reintroduced to Washington’s Olympic National Park. The species was eradicated from the area during the 1930s as a result of excessive trapping.

According to Mass Audobon, fishers are a member of the weasel family. They have a short and stout build featuring short legs and a long 32-40-inch body. They weigh somewhere in the neighborhood of 30-pounds. Fishers are ferocious hunters and they eat squirrels, mice, reptiles as well as insects. Fishers, sometimes erroneously referred to as ‘fisher cats’  are known for making terrifying sounds.

According to KOMO News, the species has been reintroduced to the Olympic Penninsula gradually over the past two decades. Over 250 Fishers have been brought into the area after being relocated from British Columbia and Alberta. Fishers are an important part of the ecosystem and have significance to the local tribal communities.

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