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 on the park's Facebook page.
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.
Did You Know?
The park recently completed building a new visitor center at Paradise & rehabilitating the historic Paradise Inn. The new visitor center is more sustainable and less expensive to operate than the existing visitor center. The Paradise Inn, after 90 years of use, was in need of rehabilitation.