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Pacific fisher: Public comment sought on proposal to list fisher as endangered

By Gary Bogue
Friday, September 4th, 2009 at 9:04 am in Pacific Fisher.

Pacific fisher taking the bait and also taking its own photo. Photo by Flickr user USFS Region 5 used under a Creative Commons License.
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DFG Invites Public Comment Related to Pacific Fisher

The California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) is seeking public comment on a proposal to list the Pacific fisher as an endangered or threatened species.

Fishers (Martes pennanti) are medium-sized forest carnivores that are in the same family as mink, weasels and otters. In California, they live in forested regions including portions of the Sierras, Cascades, Klamath Province, north coast redwoods and the Mendocino National Forest. Habitat loss, habitat modification, forest fragmentation and trapping for fur (up until 1945) are considered to be the main factors that affect the fisher population in California.

The Pacific fisher is currently considered a “species of special concern.” In January 2008, the Center for Biological Diversity submitted a petition to the Fish and Game Commission to formally list the fisher as a threatened or endangered species. As part of the status review process, DFG is soliciting public comment regarding the fisher’s taxonomic status, ecology, biology, life history, distribution, abundance, threats, habitat that may be essential for the species, and recommendations for management.

Comments, data and other information must be submitted in writing to:

California Department of Fish and Game
Nongame Wildlife Program
Attn: Esther Burkett
1812 9th Street, Sacramento, CA 95811

** Comments may also be submitted by email to: fishercomments@dfg.ca.gov.

All comments received by October 2, 2009 will be included in a DFG report to the Commission that will be submitted no later than April 23, 2010. Another 30-day public comment period will be held before the Commission makes its decision, which could occur as soon as August 2010.

DFG’s petition evaluation report for the Pacific fisher can be found at: http://www.dfg.ca.gov/wildlife/nongame/publications

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