Are lynx and fisher “extinct” in Wyoming?
Do we want the opportunity to view fisher and lynx in Wyoming? Some evidence suggests our mesopredators (often the target of trapping as 'furbearer') are disappearing, including the fisher and lynx. Wyoming houndsmen believe our bobcats are reaching record lows due to uncontrolled trapping just so a handful of people can benefit from the sale of the fur off the backs of these persecuted, secretive mesopredators.
The fisher is believed to be extirpated from the state, but what if the limited monitoring data is incorrect? Animals under the Endangered Species Act listing deserve protection. Assuming ESA species are absent from the state has implications, as it allows trapping to continue in unlimited, unmonitored ways in what may well be critical habitat.
If you have any information about a fisher or lynx sighting, please share with Wyoming Untrapped.
If you spot either animal, alive or not, in a trap or free, past or present or future, please share details and photos. Helpful information includes photos of tracks with a scale for comparison and location coordinates. Send to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 307-201-2422.
To learn more about the fisher and its status in Wyoming, read this article, "Biologists can't find fishers in Wyoming".