Rare Forest Carnivore Study Report

Posted on Wednesday, May 18th, 2011 by »

Last week, Michael Lucid and Lacy Robinson, from Idaho Fish and Game gave a presentation on the results of this winter’s Rare Forest Carnivore Study.  This week, we have a copy of their report to share with you.

Evidence of Lynx was found in the Purcell Mountain location.  Wolverine images were found in the Selkirks and Wolverine tracks were found in the West Cabinets.  Marten and Ermine were abundant. Those crazy Mustelids! But, perhaps the most exciting find is the number of Fisher which call the West Cabinets home.

Based on a look at the photo images, Michael and Lacy believe that 17 individual Fishers visited study locations in the West Cabinets.  DNA testing, not yet complete, will verify the overall number and tell us something more about the origin of these individuals as well as the potential overall size of the population.

We do know these Fisher are widespread – they visited 8 of the 10 study locations in the vicinity of the Scotchmans. And we do know they are reproducing – a picture of two young Fisher kits on the same tree was full of hope and promise.

You can read the full report on our website:

www.scotchmanpeaks.org/pdfs/Forest_carnivore_2011_update.pdf

About The Author:

Phil Hough

Phil Hough is the Executive Director of the Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness.

An avid long distance hiker, Phil's experience on the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail and Continental Divide Trails brought a passion for wild places and motivated him to work towards protecting the one of the last and largest wild places in northern Idaho and Western Montana, the Scotchman Peaks.

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2 Responses

  1. Judy Hutchins says:

    Will be curious to see if the fishers are descendants of those transplanted into the Cabinets in the late 80′s or there abouts.

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