A film by Tom Winston

Hidden among the lush forests of northern California, the fisher struggles for survival. Fisher populations are at dangerously low levels following a century of intense fur trapping and habitat destruction due to logging. However, there is hope. Foresters from the Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation have teamed with scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society to learn more about this mysterious forest carnivore. Tracking the Pacific Fisher tells the story of a threatened species and the people trying to ensure its survival in the modern world.

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Hoopa Fisher

Sean Matthews

The fisher, or ’ista:ngq’eh-k’itiqowh in the Hupa language, is a house-cat-sized relative of the wolverine and culturally significant to many native communities of the Pacific Northwest, including the Na:tinaxwe or Hupa people. The Hupa name exemplifies…


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The fisher, or ’ista:ngq’eh-k’itiqowh in the Hupa language, is a house-cat-sized relative of the wolverine and culturally significant to many native communities of the Pacific Northwest, including the Na:tinaxwe or Hupa people. The Hupa name exemplifies the fisher’s agility, translated as ‘log-along-it scampers’. Native to the late-successional coniferous or mixed forests of North America, it is semi-arboreal, nesting in tree cavities tens or even hundreds of feet off the ground. Large for a weasel, fishers are one of the most adept carnivores in our western forests – one of the few predators that regularly prey on well-fortified porcupines!

 

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