Restoring fishers to the forests of Olympic National Park will help reestablish a native species and a natural balance between predators and prey. One of the primary goals of national parks is to allow natural processes to continue as nature intended. Additionally, Washington State has a stewardship responsibility to protect, restore, and enhance native wildlife populations within the state. Restoring fishers will be a step towards meeting both of these goals.
A base population of approximately 100 fishers will be released over a three-year period - in male-female pairs as much as possible. Three reintroduction areas within ONP were identified according to available habitat and habitat connectivity: Elwha-Sol Duc, Hoh-Bogachiel, and Queets-Quinault areas in ONP. Fishers will be released in the late fall-early winter to allow them to acclimatize before winter, to establish home ranges, to locate suitable den sites before birthing season, and to find mates before mating season.
The OPAS Conservation Committee supported the reintroduction of fishers to ONP, writing in an October letter: "Reintroducing this forest predator, a vital component of old growth forest ecosystems, would help restore important ecological functions to the Park and, moreover, offer the best opportunity to initiate a sustainable fisher population within Washington."