Fishers once roamed widely from the piney forests of British Columbia to Southern California's montane chaparral. But now, after decades of intense logging and trapping, these furry weasels are barely hanging on in just five small, scattered populations on the West Coast.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently proposed to protect these fishers as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. But now the agency's pulling back and asking for a delay -- a potentially very bad sign.
The Service may be considering limiting protection to fishers in southern populations, while denying help for others to the north. The agency may also be questioning the threat of toxic rodenticides. Well, it's real and startlingly pervasive: 84 percent of fishers tested in California showed positive exposure to these poisons.
May 2, 2015 Action Alert ID# 215
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