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Help or Hindrance for Species Conservation?
by Wayne Spencer, Ph.D.

I have mixed feelings about the proposed listing of the Pacific fisher as Threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The species seems to meet the biological criteria for listing —small, fragmented populations, victim of numerous threats, etc.—however the question in my mind is whether ESA protections may hinder more than help with species conservation and recovery. I lead a team of experts that is developing an interagency conservation strategy to ...

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