Groups sue feds over Pacific fishers

By Mark Freeman
Mail Tribune
September 13, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

ASHLAND — Conservation groups sued the federal government Tuesday to reverse its decision not to grant federal endangered species status to the region’s Pacific fisher, a rare forest carnivore whose range includes the Ashland Watershed. The Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center joined others in suing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over the agency’s 2020 decision to protect just fishers isolated in the southern Sierra Mountains near Yosemite National Park. In doing so, the service ignored the West Coast population that straddles the southwest Oregon/Northern California border, putting the fishers in peril, the groups claim. At that time, the service’s decision rebuffed recommendations from its field biologists, instead saying the West Coast’s fisher population is balanced enough survive without the ESA protections. …The suit was filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in San Francisco by the Center for Biological Diversity. It is joined by KS Wild and the Environmental Protection Information Center based in Arcata, California.

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