More fishers released in the North Cascades!

Fisher release! In the winter of 2019-2020, approximately 50 fishers are expected to be released in North Cascades National Park and Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, and last week, partners in the project released eight more into the Suiattle River drainage. The four female and four male fishers were captured in Alberta, Canada as part of a multi-year project to reintroduce around 80 fishers to the North Cascades. They are equipped with radio transmitters to track their movements and population recovery over time.

Fishers are a house cat-sized member of the weasel family. They were eliminated from Washington by the mid-1900s as a result of over-trapping and habitat loss. They are listed as an endangered species by the state of Washington,

Institute staffer Jason Ruvelson was lucky to be on hand for this historical event and shares these inspiring photos. (Find more of his work at

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