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News Release

Public Meetings on Proposal to List West Coast Population of Fisher as Threatened Under Endangered Species Act

Visalia, CA and CSU Stanislaus, Turlock, CA, December 3rd and 4th

November 25, 2014

Media Contact:
Robert Moler, (916)414-6606, robert_moler@fws.gov
Sarah Swenty, (916)414-6571, sarah_swenty@fws.gov

Sacramento – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is seeking information from the scientific community, the public and interested stakeholders on its proposal to protect the West Coast population of fisher as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

A series of meetings and a public hearing will be complete with two informational meetings coming to California:

  • December 3, 2014 -- Visalia Convention Center, 303 E. Acequia, Visalia, California, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • December 4, 2014 -- CSU Stanislaus, Faculty Development Center, Room 118, 1 University Circle, Turlock, California, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m; free parking in Lot 8 - https://www.csustan.edu/campus-maps

A public hearing and five additional information meetings were held in November in a variety of locations in Washington, Oregon and Northern California.

The proposed listing rule published on Oct. 7, 2014 and opened a 90-day comment period to gather scientific information and comments from the public and stakeholders. More information on the proposal is available at: http://www.fws.gov/cno/es/fisher.

Public comments will be accepted through Jan. 5, 2015. Specific guidance on types of information the Service is seeking and for submitting public comments can be found in the Federal Register notice at https://www.federalregister.gov (search for key word “fisher”).

Comments and information can be submitted by one of the following methods:

  • Electronically at http://www.regulations.gov. In the Search box, enter FWS–R8–ES–2014–0041. You may submit information by clicking on “Comment Now.”
  • Paper copy, via the U.S. mail or hand delivery, to: Public Comments Processing, Attn: FWS–R8–ES–2014–0041. Division of Policy and Directives Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, MS: BPHC, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, Va. 22041-3803.

About the size of large house cats, fishers belong to a family of mammals that includes weasels, mink, martens and otters. Fishers live in low- to mid-elevation forests requiring cavities in trees and snags to rear their young and make use of cavities in the trunks of trees, snags and hollow logs and natural platforms for resting and security from predators.

Fishers are found throughout North America, but the West Coast DPS has been reduced in size, and fishers are now found in only two native populations within their historical range, which once covered most of the forested landscapes in California, Oregon and Washington.

In California, there are estimated to be 300 or fewer fishers in the Southern Sierra Nevada Mountains, and a population in the Klamath Mountains of northern California and southern Oregon could number from a few hundred to 4,000. There has also been a reintroduction effort in the Northern Sierra Nevada Mountains, where 40 fishers were released beginning in 2009.

The Endangered Species Act provides a critical safety net for America’s native fish, wildlife and plants. The Service is working to actively engage conservation partners and the public in the search for improved and innovative ways to conserve and recover imperiled species.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals, and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit http://www.fws.gov/cno. Connect with our Facebook page, follow our tweets, watch our YouTube Channel, and download photos from our Flickr page.

Last updated: December 1, 2017