Protect West Coast Fishers From Extinction

Target: Martha Williams, Director of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service
Goal: Demand that fishers receive much-needed protection status and that the endangered species be more diligently included in conservation efforts.

Earlier this month, biodiversity and environmentalist groups filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for their alleged failure to protect certain endangered species. Specifically, the lawsuit targets this agency’s reported denial of endangered species protection status for West Coast fishers, a small, carnivorous mammal belonging to the weasel family. As per the Endangered Species Act, protections would make it illegal to “harass, harm, pursue, hunt, shoot, wound, kill, trap, capture, or collect, or to attempt to engage in any such conduct,” and would instate vital protections for the species’ natural habitat, as well.

Fishers needed protection under the Endangered Species Act 20 years ago—and they need it still. Fishers have been threatened with extinction since the 1950s, when logging and fur-trapping decimated native populations. Now, these animals face even greater, novel threats, including the use of rodenticides by cannabis farmers and climate change effects, such as more frequent and extensive forest fires. While fishers once thrived throughout the old-growth forests of the West Coast, solely two distinct populations—in the Sierra Nevada mountains and Northern California stretching into southwestern Oregon—are left.

Sign this petition to demand the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service afford fishers the same vital protections as other listed species, and that they are more diligent in assigning wildlife legal protections.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Director Williams,

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has failed to protect certain, critically endangered species. Specifically, your agency has adamantly denied Endangered Species Act protections to West Coast fishers, which have been in desperate need of conservation for over 20 years, when populations were decimated for logging and fur-trapping practices. While fishers once thrived throughout old-growth forests across the West Coast, only two isolated populations exist in the wild today.

We are asking you, Director Williams, to afford West Coast fishers—and all other endangered wildlife—with legal ESA protections. All animals—not just the ones we deem important—are worthy of protection.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Matthew Zalewski


6 Comments

  1. Maria Lavorato says:

    US FISH AND WILDLIFE….As your job would dictate…you are there to protect ALL species. Please do not deny any creature…including fishers their right to be protected.

    These fishers have suffered countless agonies at the hands of man through logging, fur trapping and rodenticides. This is all needless animal cruelty and should be stopped. Turn all this torture around and protect these innocent little beings NOW!

  2. Thomas+Trescone says:

    All animals are important!!! Protect the fishers now!

  3. Patricia Wicker says:

    PROTECT THE FISHERS!!!!!!!!

  4. Shirley Lemieux says:

    I support this petition and agree that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service give fishers the same vital protections as other listed species.

  5. Urszula Lund says:

    Animal lives MATTER!!!!!
    PROTECT THE FISHERS!!!!!

  6. Julia Edinger says:

    I agree with Maria Lavorato
    “US FISH AND WILDLIFE….As your job would dictate…you are there to protect ALL species. Please do not deny any creature…including fishers their right to be protected.
    These fishers have suffered countless agonies at the hands of man through logging, fur trapping and rodenticides. This is all needless animal cruelty and should be stopped. Turn all this torture around and protect these innocent little beings NOW!“…..

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