California: State Fish and Game backs down on faux Fisher protection planning

Reversing its August 2008 decision, the California Fish and Game
Commission recently voted to grant candidate status to the Pacific
fisher under the California Endangered Species Act. This begins the
review process to determine if full protection is warranted.

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The fisher (Martes pennanti) lives in old growth forests and is a
close relative of the marten. Fishers once lived throughout the Sierra Nevada, northern California, and western Oregon and Washington. However, as a result of logging, trapping and development, the fisher’s range has been greatly reduced.

Native populations of Pacific fisher have been completely extirpated
from Washington and Oregon, and they remain in only 50 percent of
their historical range in California. The fisher is also a candidate
for federal protection.

In 2000, Earthjustice and the Center submitted
a petition to list the Pacific fisher under the federal Endangered
Species Act. In 2004, the Bush administration determined that the
Pacific fisher warranted protection, but that such protection was
precluded by lack of resources.

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