RARE SITE IN SWEET RELEASE
Visitors watch a Pacific fisher Friday as it takes off running after being released into a forest at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington. Pacific fishers, weasel-like mammals whose numbers have declined over the decades, are slowly making a comeback in the state. The fisher was among 10 captured in British Columbia and then released as part of a multiyear effort to restore them to their historic range. The rare, elusive carnivores were once found throughout many forested areas of the West Coast, but their numbers declined from trapping and the loss of forest habitats.
Elaine Thompson, The Associated Press