Suit Filed to Save Rare Forest Carnivores
Pacific fishers are beautiful, plush-furred predators that live in West Coast forests and are threatened by logging. We've been fighting for them for decades, and last week we sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over its recent denial of protection to the animals. Last spring, with no scientific justification, the agency abruptly reversed its 2014 proposal to protect the fishers despite no real change in their status -- a politically motivated move that pandered to timber interests.
Closely related to minks, martens and wolverines, Pacific fishers are also at risk from toxic rodenticides and incidental trapping.
"We first petitioned for fishers 22 years ago," said the Center's Noah Greenwald. "This is a travesty we won't stand for."
Read more (and watch a video) in the San Francisco Chronicle.