20 May 2010

Fisher Kit Blog

The fisher team has started a blog about the rescued Fisher kits to share ongoing updates and photos. The blog can be found at this link:

http://ucanr.org/blogs/Fisher/

Here is also a link to a short news clip about the kits from KSEE 24 News.

Comments

1 Christi Hansard says...

Great selection of names! Are the kits available for public viewing?

Posted at 11:01 a.m. on June 1, 2010

2 Rick Sweitzer says...

Dear Christi,

Thanks for your comment on the fisher names. The idea of involving the local community in the fisher rescue by soliciting names for the kits has been a bit controversial with some scientists and agencies, so I appreciate your positive response.

No, the kits are not available for public viewing. I know this might be disappointing, but our goal is to keep the animals as wild as possible in order to improve their chances of survival once they are eventually released back into the forest. All young/newborn animals instinctually imprint on moving objects in their immediate surroundings, which will normally be their mother or litter mates. Because of this natural behavior we need to maintain the kits in relative isolation during the hand rearing phase of their care. This way the young fishers will not be unduly attracted to humans, or human activities when they are back out in the national forest.

We realize (and hope) that the public will be interested in the orphaned fisher kits, however, and so we will continue to provide images and information on their health and progression through hand rearing, pen rearing, and eventual release.

Posted at 11:15 a.m. on June 2, 2010

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