Mount Rainier National Park News Release
March 26, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PARK TO HOLD FISHER REINTRODUCTION LIVE Q&A FACEBOOK EVENT
Park neighbors, partners, and the public are invited to join a Facebook chat to learn about fisher reintroduction into Mount Rainier National Park. On March 27th, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. (PDT), Wildlife Ecologist Mason Reid will answer questions live via Facebook on the park’s plans to reintroduce fishers to their historical range.
To participate, select “Going” or “Maybe” on the special event page on the park’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/events/1480158168871252/.
The Pacific fisher (Pekania pennanti) has been considered extirpated (absent) from the North and South Cascades of Washington State since the mid-1990s. To restore this species to its historical range in Washington State, Mount Rainier and North Cascades national parks are teaming up with Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to reintroduce this species to the North and South Cascades. Mount Rainier plans to reintroduce fishers over a period of two years beginning this year. Scientists will monitor and study the reintroduced fishers over the following three years to understand their movements, survival, reproduction, and establishment of home ranges.
Learn more about fishers and their reintroduction to the park by attending the event.