Pacific fishers are a species of weasel that are on the waiting list to be declared endangered animals
by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, according to a new report from the Merced Sun Star.
A group of these weasels were recently found in Yosemite National Park. There are also fishers living in British Columbia, Washington and Northern California.
According to the news outlet, Yosemite National Park houses more than 400 animal species, with several animals that are already listed in the Endangered Species Act.
Beginning in 1973 legislators have offered protection for animals that are considered threatened or in danger or becoming extinct. A full list of the animals and plants that are currently on the endangered list, as well as a list of those awaiting protection, can be found on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service website.
A recent court ruling has postponed a settlement between conservation groups and the U.S. government. Until a settlement can be reached, many more animals will have to wait in order to be declared "endangered" and receive proper protection.