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The fisher, a member of the weasel family, once thrived in the Pacific Northwest. But now it’s rare to see one. We take a look at what is happening to the population. There may be fewer than 50 fishers in the cascade range. Fishers are elusive, scientist have set up 16 monitoring stations to try to film the secretive mammal. They also try to capture fisher hair by using sticky tape. Hair samples are then sent to labs for DNA analysis.

First Broadcast: 2008
Producer: Jim Newman

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Fishers; Reptile Hunter; Terns & Cormorants

Oregon Field Guide: Episode #2004
Original Broadcast: October 23, 2008