Joint Lawsuit Filed to Protect Pacific Fisher

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Monday, April 12th, 2010

Late last week Pacific FisherEPIC and our allies filed a lawsuit asserting that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has illegally delayed Endangered Species Act protection for the Pacific fisher, a relative of the mink. Read the full press release here.

This little critter has been decimated by historic fur trappers and their habitat destroyed by widespread old-growth logging. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service acknowledged in 2004 that the fisher warranted protection under the Endangered Species Act but claimed such protection was precluded by listing of other species considered a higher priority. Hundreds of species have been caught in the purgatory of this “warranted but precluded” designation.