Poisons on illegal pot farms in Sierra linked to fisher deaths

June 27, 2013 9:09 PM

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Poisons on illegal pot farms in Sierra linked to fisher deaths

The illegal marijuana-growing operations that have proliferated in remote areas of the Sierra Nevada appear to be taking a toll on the fisher, a rare forest animal whose numbers are dangerously low.

Researchers studying fishers in the Sierra National Forest in the southern Sierra found that mortality rates were significantly higher for females living in areas with a number of marijuana growing sites.

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