Once-Extinct Mammal Returns to Mich Lower Peninsula


    Great Lakes Radio News UpdateMARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News)Fishers have returned to the Lower Peninsula. Not the ones with a fishing rod and tackle box, but rather the furry, midsized, long-bodied member of the weasel family.

    The Department of Natural Resources has confirmed that fishers, which vanished from Michigan in 1936, have come back.

    The Detroit News reports DNR wildlife biologist Jennifer Kleitch recently investigated a sighting in Presque Isle County’s North Allis Township and confirmed photos taken of a fisher were legitimate.

    Historically, fishers were found throughout both the Upper and Lower peninsulas, although by 1936 deforestation and unlimited harvest resulted in the species vanishing from Michigan.

    Fishers were reintroduced to the Upper Peninsula in 1961, and by 1989 their population had recovered enough to establish a limited trapping season in the western U.P.

    Anyone who spots a fisher in the Lower Peninsula is asked to take photos and contact the DNR.

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