Fisher Fisher
Fisher | © National Park Service

2015 Funding Priority | Amount Needed $20,000 | FUNDED

funded_01 funded 01Funded in part by Treeline Foundation and RAMROD/Redmond Cycling Club

The National Park Service (NPS) is proposing to partner with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) to establish self-sustaining fisher (Pekania pennanti) populations in the southwestern and northwestern Cascades of Washington State, including Mount Rainier National Park and North Cascades National Park Service Complex, for the purpose of contributing to the statewide restoration of this state-listed endangered species.

Specific objectives include:

  • Relocate 160 fishers (40 each year for two years for each site) from British Columbia to the southern Cascades and northern Cascades
  • Monitor released fishers to assess success of this restoration project and to learn about fisher biology and ecology in the Cascades
  • Refine fisher habitat use models to include data from released fishers in the Cascades

Project success is defined as a self-sustaining population of fisher in a geographic distribution that allows for their persistence in Washington, including Mount Rainier NP and North Cascades NP Complex, into the foreseeable future (>100 years). Given the success of Olympic NP fisher reintroduction, park staff expects to successfully reintroduce fisher to the two parks with future expansion into adjacent lands. Furthermore, by monitoring the effectiveness of the reintroduction, they will greatly increase their knowledge of habitat use by fisher and use this information to better insure the long term survival of the species in Washington State.

Other funding reserved for this project includes:

  • Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife $93,000
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service – State Wildlife Grant $137,00
  • Conservation NW $80,000
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service $51,000