More fishers bound for Olympic

Sixteen fishers were to be reintroduced today in the Sol Duc and Elwha valleys in Olympic National Park, kicking off the third and final winter of releases.

The animals will wear a radio transmitter, allowing biologists to track their movements.

Biologists continue to monitor 22 fishers that were released during the past two winters.

Meanwhile, following the discovery of three fisher birthing dens last summer, biologists determined that three females gave birth to at least seven kits. Other females might also have had young, but locating and verifying fisher dens is extremely difficult and time-consuming in the park’s wilderness, said a news release.

Fishers, about the size of a cat, are members of the weasel family, related to minks, otters and martens. They are native to the forests of

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