August 16, 2017
Featured Pets Missy (#A519059) and Porky (#A519060). Missy is a lover.
She wants to literally be in your face in the sweetest way. Ready
to be your companion, she'll park herself right in front of you. At
10-years-young, she's relaxed, friendly, and quiet.
Porky, on the other hand, is definitely an explorer.
Won over by catnip and butt scratches, the youthful nine-year-old
enjoys lounging, smelling the flowers (no joke), and entertaining
The dynamic duo will require individual litter boxes
and an owner who is attentive to keeping their private space
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Trail Cameras Show First Evidence of Fishers Born in the South
Mother fisher climbs
down from tree den carrying big kit in her mouth, think mother cat
July 29, 2017
Chief of Interpretation & Education
Mount Rainier National Park
OLYMPIA – Grainy images of a young
female fisher with her kit provide the first evidence that this
rare forest carnivore is reproducing in the South Cascades, where
state, federal and non-profit organizations are working to reintroduce
The pictures show a female fisher in the Gifford Pinchot National
Forest coming down her den tree headfirst, carrying a large kit.
“She is hopefully the first of many female fishers we photograph
attending a den site and caring for kits in the South Cascades,”
said Jeff Lewis, a wildlife biologist with the Washington Department
of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).
The adult female fisher is only two years old, the youngest a
fisher can be to give birth to kits, said Lewis.
“Reproductive success of a female this young and this new to the
South Cascades is a positive sign that the reintroduction area can
support a self-sustaining fisher population,” said Tara Chestnut, an
ecologist with Mount Rainier National Park
"This is an inspiring milestone that shows how public, private,
tribal and non-profit partners can together make big
conservation wins happen, restoring our natural heritage and building
a wilder future in our state,” added Dave Werntz, science and
conservation director for Conservation Northwest.
The female fisher was released in the Gifford Pinchot National
Forest in February 2016 as part of an effort to restore fishers to
the state. Fishers, a housecat-sized member of the weasel family, were
eliminated from Washington by the mid-1900s through over-trapping and
habitat loss. They have been listed as a state-endangered species
WDFW, the National Park Service and Conservation Northwest are
leading the Cascades fisher reintroduction project. Sixty-nine
fishers have been released in the South Cascades to date. Fisher
releases in the North Cascades will begin this fall.
Documentation of fisher offspring is only one indication of success
in the Cascades, said Lewis. Project partners estimate that
77 percent of the fishers released in winter and spring of 2015-16
survived their first year and 64 percent of females established a home
Project partners also worked together from 2008 to 2010 to release
and monitor 90 fishers in Olympic National Park. Monitoring
efforts there have shown that the released animals have distributed
themselves throughout the Olympic Peninsula and are successfully
Fishers are related to otters and wolverines and are native to the
forests of Washington, including the Cascade Mountain Range.
Fishers prey on various small mammals – mountain beavers, squirrels
and snowshoe hares – and are one of the most effective predators of
Re-establishing viable populations of fishers in the Olympic and
Cascade Mountains are important steps to down-listing the
species in Washington State. The state recovery plan and
implementation plan for fisher reintroduction in the Cascades can be
Sources of funding for the reintroductions include WDFW, the
National Park Service, Conservation Northwest, the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service, Washington's National Park Fund, the Wildlife
Conservation Society, the Doris Duke Foundation, Defenders of
Wildlife, and those who purchase Washington State personalized license
plates, among others.
Fisher recovery efforts in Washington also rely on the support of
the British Columbia Ministry of Environment, the British Columbia
Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, the
British Columbia Trapper’s Association, British Columbia trappers, and
the private forest landowners that participate in conservation
agreements for fishers.
Persons with disabilities who need to receive this information in
an alternative format or who need reasonable accommodations to
participate in WDFW-sponsored public meetings or other activities may
contact Dolores Noyes by phone 360.902.2349, TTY 360.902.2207, or
. For more information, see
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Public Comments Period
Extended for Grizzly Bear Restoration in State
National Park Service & U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
March 13, 2017
Public comment period open through
April 28, 2017.
Sedro Woolley, Wash. – The National Park Service and U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service will extend the public comment period
regarding the proposed alternatives for the restoration of grizzly
bears to the North Cascades Ecosystem by 45 days, through April 28,
2017. The agencies received several requests for an extension to the
comment period from members of the public and local elected officials.
The goal of the public comment period is to gather comments
regarding the draft EIS; public comments received on the draft EIS
will be evaluated and considered in the identification of the
preferred alternative, which will be published in the Final EIS.
The alternatives analyzed in this draft EIS include a “no-action”
alternative, plus three action alternatives that would seek to
restore a reproducing population of approximately 200 bears through
the capture and release of grizzly bears into the North Cascades
Ecosystem. The alternatives were developed by a planning team with
input from the public, local, state and federal agencies, and the
The public is invited to view the draft EIS and submit written
comments through April 28, 2017, online at
or via regular mail or hand delivery at: Superintendent’s Office,
North Cascades National Park Service Complex, 810 State Route 20,
Sedro Woolley, WA 98284
Actions proposed on National Forest System lands under the draft
EIS are subject to the USDA Forest Service’s pre-decisional
objection process. This comment period constitutes the opportunity to
establish eligibility to object to the Forest Service’s draft decision
under the regulations at 36 CFR 218. For more information on this
The grizzly bear was listed as a threatened species in the
contiguous United States in 1975. The species was listed as
endangered by the state of Washington in 1980.
Thank you for your interest in this project~
The National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
This July 4 Marks First Time Bison are Recognized as the
National American Mammal...
2016: On May 9, 2015 President Obama signed the National Bison Legacy
Act naming the bison as America's National Mammal. One day later, May
10, this image of a mother bison nursing her calf was captured by Edwinna Van Eaton at Yellowstone National Park.
Edwinna explained the Yellowstone herd, with many
calves, were on both sides of the road but this mom and calf stayed
still long enough for her to get a photograph.
Once numbering hundreds of thousand animals the great
bison herds were almost completely wiped out by hunting, efforts to
starve out Native Americans, and infected by diseases brought by
domestic cattle. In 1900 there were just 300 bison in the United
The species was saved by a Scottish immigrant, James
"Scotty" Philip who was a rancher and politician in South Dakota. He
is credited with an important role in preserving the bison from going
the way of the passenger pigeon and other species made extinct by
Wild bison are an important part of the ecosystem =
prairie dogs, native plants, pronghorn (incorrectly called antelope),
birds such as sharp-tailed grouse, burrowing owls and magpies depend
on their connection to bison.,
Bulls can weigh up to a ton and bison can
reach speeds of 30 to 40 miles an hour. They are the most dangerous
animal in Yellowstone, Many more people are injured and die from bison than
Reason for Bailey's
Trip Back to Tacoma...
from Shelby Taylor
We got a call from Marcy, an Executive Director at the Lenawee Humane
Society, who told us of a
young man visiting
Michigan with Bailey, a nine-year-old Shepherd mix. He was arrested,
and the dog went with Animal Control, in a city where they euthanize
animals after five days. Bailey was then transferred to Lenawee, and
the young man got in touch with Marcy, expressing that he did not want
his dog to suffer for his mistakes.
States Crossed to Bring Bailey Home to Family in Tacoma...
Bailey puts on a happy face when she's finally home (courtesy photo)
Societies Working Together...
by Shelby Taylor
Marketing and Events Manager
Tacoma-PC Humane Society
August 30, 2016
Societies always work hard and do good work. When they work together,
Marcie Cornell, Executive Director of the Lenawee Humane Society in
Adrian, Michigan, said.
On the morning of August 25, Cornell placed a call to the Humane
Society for Tacoma and Pierce
County to see if the shelter could help nine-year-old Shepherd mix,
Bailey, make her way across the country to get back home. The dog had
been at the Michigan Humane Society, separated from her owner. [The
owner was arrested, Bailey was sent to a kill shelter, then moved to
the Lenawee shelter.]
When Cornell found out that Bailey’s home base was in Tacoma she
immediately mobilized staff and
volunteers to get the dog back home. With the help of Paws N Pilots
Pet Rescue Services, Bailey was flown to Tacoma Narrows Airport in Gig
Harbor. There she was met by the Humane Society for Tacoma and Pierce
County’s “Tail Wagon,” and delivered to the doorstep of 80-year-old
Wrought with emotion, the Wilds finally had their Bailey back
after a 2,247 mile-long journey.
Bailey is greeted by her family and pet owner Joyce Wild, 80, in the
pink. (courtesy photo)
is That Bird?
(photo by Tony Sirgedas)
September 22, 2003
What are those large birds flying overhead? They're not the usual
red tailed hawks or bald eagles we have become
accustomed to seeing.
They are vultures !! Turkey vultures to be exact. Several were
spotted Saturday, September 21, in the Ohop Valley feeding on road kill.
Pictured is one of the vultures walking up the Clay City road. Like many
other migratory birds, turkey vultures migrate north in the early spring
and return south in the fall months, passing through Washington for a
Turkey Vulture (and also the California Condor) are classified by the
Ornithological Union in the same order as
storks and flamingos (Ciconiiformes).
Turkey Vulture is lacking strength in its tiny grasping claw and does not,
and cannot, kill. Also, the Turkey
Vulture's beak has neither the shape
nor strength to tear into a fresh carcass?
The Turkey Vulture's digestive
system has the unique ability to kill any virus and bacteria in the
the bird eats and the vulture's droppings and dry pellets (bolus) are
clean and do not carry disease?
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"I wish people were more like animals. Animals don't try to change you or
make you fit in. They just enjoy the pleasure of your company. Animals
aren't conditional about friendships. Animals like you just the way you
are. They listen to your problems, they comfort you when you're sad, and
all they ask in return is a little kindness.”
"If a dog will
not come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home
and examine your conscience."
"Money will buy
you a pretty good dog, but it won't buy the wag of his tail."
“Animal companions come into your life for an infinite number of reasons,
each one being in service to you, your current life experience, and
moreover, your soul's growth and evolution.”
"Outside of a
dog, a book is probably man's best friend, and inside of a dog, it's too
dark to read."