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Iowa DNR Confirms the First Sighting of a Fisher Since the 1800s


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Trail camera photo is the first documented fisher sighting in Iowa in over a century.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources had some exciting news to share this week with the first sighting of a fisher in the Hawkeye state since the 1800s. While the Iowa DNR reports they do get sightings of fishers on occasion, this sighting was the first confirmed via a trail camera photo from Allamakee County.

The DNR broke the news on their Facebook page. "Give a big Iowa welcome to the first fisher officially sighted here in about 150 years!" the post read.

While it's been a long time since a fisher has made its presence in Iowa, wildlife officials suspect this relative of weasels and otters may have come from southeastern Minnesota.  It's there that officials report the animals have been recently expanding their territory.

"We don't know right now if fishers will reestablish themselves in Iowa, but it's certainly interesting," the DNR wrote. It didn't take long for the post to go viral. The DNR is asking residents to report any other sightings or tracks from to them.

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