Twelve fishers were released Thursday in Olympic National Park, part of the three-year effort to reintroduce the animal. Eight of the animals were released in the Graves Creek drainage of the Quinault valley and four in the Bogachiel valley.
About the size of a cat, fishers are members of the weasel family, and are native to the forests of Washington, including the Olympic Peninsula. Fishers vanished from the state decades ago because of over-trapping in the late 1800s and early 1900s and habitat loss and fragmentation, according to a park news release.
Since 2008, 77 fishers have been released in …