Rare animals set free in Washington state

Have you ever heard of the Pacific fisher?

If not, that may be because, by the mid-1900s, these weasel-like creatures had been eliminated from the state of Washington, according to the National Parks Service (NPS).

However, as of December, these animals, about the size of a cat, have been re-introduced.

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On Friday, biologists from the NPS and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) were joined by members of several nearby American Indian tribes and Canadian First Nations bands.

In all, ten fishers, including four females and six males, were released into the wild at Mount Rainier National Park.

Last year, 23 were released in another area of the state as part of the effort, and others are expected in years to follow.

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