Central joins DEEP study of state fisher population


This article ran on CTInsider.com on March 14.

By Jesse Leavenworth, Staff writer

Sixteen sleek fishers are hunting, denning, and bearing kits in the Connecticut woods while wearing GPS collars meant to help biologists learn why the weasel family member's population is in decline in the state.

Over-harvesting after renewed trapping began almost 20 years ago is likely to blame, at least in part, according to Central professor Paul Hapeman, principal investigator in a collaborative study of fishers by Central and the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. Keep reading.