Fish and Wildlife Service have signed an agreement that will enhance protections for the Pacific fisher on nearly 184,000 acres of land owned by the Oregon Board of Forestry. About Washington’s fisher population May 6, 2019 at 5:59 am Updated May 9, 2019 at 2:14 pm A member of the weasel family, fishers were wiped out of Washington state due to overtrapping. Fishers are larger and darker than martens and have thick fur. “The declining Pacific fisher population in the Klamath-Siskiyous faces more risks than ever and needs real protections now if the species is to survive." Once the fisher populations became re-established, porcupine numbers returned to natural levels. Fishers are elusive, forest-dwelling members of the weasel family with long, slim bodies, short legs, rounded ears and bushy tails. But due to historical trapping, logging and development in the West Coast's mature and old-growth forests, the Pacific fisher (the fisher's West Coast population) is now in danger of extinction. In fact, the fisher is the only animal tough and clever enough to prey regularly on porcupines — no easy feat. Fishers are agile, swift and excellent climbers, with the ability to turn their back feet nearly 180 degrees allowing them to climb head-first down trees. The Pacific fisher is a forest-dwelling mammal related to weasels, minks and martens. A fisher recovery operation in the Pacific Northwest has been meeting with success/NPS file. Endangered Species Status Denied for Oregon’s Pacific Fisher Population May 20, 2020 Last week t he U.S. Scattered fisher populations now exist in the Pacific Northwest. According to Fish and Wildlife estimates, the California/Oregon population ranges in size from 258 to 4,018, and the Sierra Nevada population is 100 to 500 animals. The Washington team was very supportive of the Ministry’s efforts to protect [the BC] fisher population, because this population and the Ministry’s support have been tremendously important for restoring fishers in Washington. The Pacific fisher population could get a boost as the Oregon Department of Forestry and the U.S. In Washington, fisher sightings were reported into the 1980s, but an extensive survey in the 1990s did not locate any. Well, they've done something without us in the Pacific region," Fisher said on "Closing Bell," noting the participating countries represent almost one-third of the world's population.