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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

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