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Biologists find first wild-born fishers in decades in North Cascades

Washington state and federal biologists have found what is believed to be the first wild fishers to be born in the North Cascades in perhaps half a century. A female fisher, F105 was detected on a trail camera moving four kits on April 18, 2021, at her den in western Chelan County.

“Seeing her and her kits is a wonderful first indication that the North Cascades Ecosystem can support a reproductive population of fishers, and it’s a great sign for fisher recovery in Washington,” said Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Biologist Dr. Jeff Lewis. “We have high hopes that we will find additional females in the North Cascades having kits this spring.”

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