Photo by Salt Water New England

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Observing Fishers (Fisher Cats)

Photos and Videos by Salt Water New England


Resting in leaves:


With (almost) hidden second fisher on other side of tree:


One fisher retreats up the tree, to the great irritation of the crows:


Climbing:


Sitting with Crows
One fisher sits at base of tree and waits for hours:


Coming down:


Coming down a bit more when the coast is clear:

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Napping on leaves - on back, legs in air.

Finally Leaving

"Fisher cat" is a complete misnomer.  The fisher does not fish, and it is a member of the weasel - not cat - family... Even though fishers are active both day and night throughout the year, one doesn't come across them all that often... Fishers are solitary animals, relatively shy and secretive...
Fishers have a long and tumultuous history in New England...  [T]hey were extirpated over most of the area due to overtrapping (their fur has always demanded a high price) and loss of habitat.  
[I]n the late 1950s... they were reintroduced in several states, including Vermont and Connecticut...   
- Mary Holland, Naturally Curious: A Photographic Field Guide and Month-By-Month Journey Through the Fields, Woods, and Marshes of New England 


12 comments:

  1. Great photos! Thanks so very much!

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  2. How thrilling. I've heard them but never seen them like this - lucky!

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  3. Such cute animals. Thank you.
    MaryAnne

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  4. Thank you very much. Interesting and quite enjoyable.

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  5. Sign of the times; the first thing I thought of when I saw these beautiful fisher cats is how happy I was that they weren't at a wet market in China

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  6. Lying on his back, feet up, under a tree, napping. Yeah. We get it.

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  7. I will make you fishers of men.

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    1. Did you also, hear the Sunday School song in your mind right as you saw the picture?

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  8. NH Fisher Cats! New Hampshire's double A team.

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  9. Not "cute" at all. They are ferocious and very predatory and will easily kill cats and small dogs. If you've ever listened to the unnerving scream of a fisher call in the night, or heard the shrieking of an animal being attacked by one, you won't want one anywhere near your house.

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  10. they're fairly curious and have visited tent sites of mine in the White Mountains in the winter. Youngsters are lighter-colored and have of a pattern to their coloring at first.

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  11. Yikes! Fisher cats scare me.... hearing their screams for years. Last Fall we had one cross our school parking lot during morning drop-off... he ran right into the woods but THAT was an interesting science lesson for the day.

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