2016 Funding Priority | Amount needed $20,000 | FUNDED
Fishers are a cat-sized member of the weasel family that were overhunted in Washington, leading to their extinction in the state. The Cascade Fisher Reintroduction Project is the second phase of the fisher recovery process in Washington State and follows the successful Olympic Fisher Reintroduction Project conducted from 2008 to 2012 to restore a self-sustaining fisher population in Olympic National Park. The Cascade Fisher Reintroduction Project will occur in two stages, with the first stage involving the release and monitoring of about 80 fishers in the Southern Cascade area (2015-2018) and the second stage involving the release and monitoring of an additional 80 fishers in the North Cascade area (2017-2020). Fishers will be monitored by various tools to allow us to keep track of their location, survival status, and movements. We seek funding to support these tracking tools, including aerial flights.
Mount Rainier National Park is the gateway between the Southern Washington Cascades and the North Cascades, and the park provides the connection between two ecological areas that will help the project be successful.
This is an ongoing project, and US Fish and Wildlife Service is an additional funder. Total budget needed is $100,000.