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Originally published Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 1:47 PM

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Fisher could be reintroduced to Wash. Cascades

A weasel-like mammal that saw its numbers in Washington state dwindle to nothing over the past century is in the midst of a comeback.

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OLYMPIA, Wash. —

A weasel-like mammal that saw its numbers in Washington state dwindle to nothing over the past century is in the midst of a comeback.

Wildlife officials reintroduced 90 fishers to the Olympic peninsula a few years ago, and are now preparing a plan to possibly reintroduce more of the cat-sized, forest-dwelling carnivores to Mount Rainier and North Cascades national parks as early as 2015. The fishers, which feed on snowshoe hares, mountain beavers and porcupines, have been missing from the region since the mid-90s.

The initial plan is to introduce 40 fishers a year, with each park receiving a total of 80 fishers. First, though, the national parks, working with the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, is seeking public comment through the end of September.

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