I always bring my cats in. It has a broad head, a pointed snout, and small ears. I hunt at a cabin here in central Pennsylvania, and in early April, 2012, a trail camera strapped to a tree caught a strange little creature perched on a stump. The small farm nearby has wild barn cats to help control the rodent population. I seen a fisher cat in the yard this morning At first I thought that we had an extra cat that showed up in the yard , I wasn’t sure till I look on Google what they looked like and it sure is a fisher cat walking away from the house with his back hunched and long straight tail behind him..Total lent most be close to 30 to 36 inches. More Information: The fisher (Martes pennanti), also known as a fisher cat, is not a cat, but a large member of the weasel family, closely related to, and in the same genus as, the marten (Martes americana). I would keep my cats in………..it will kill cats, dogs chickens and rabbits. they will eat chickens, cats dogs or anything else that size. It is a member of the mustelid family (commonly referred to as the weasel family), and is in the monospecific genus Pekania. The plan advances two primary goals for managing fisher populations in New York: (1) Maintain or enhance fisher populations in all areas of the state where s… This morning when I went out to let them out, I went into the barn to throw them some feed. what do baby fisher cat eat? Fortunately, if you back off, they are usually glad to leave you alone. i did not see anything but i heard it i didnt think t sounded like a child or lady it sounded like a large bird dying. It is so… Of course, if you live in a place that doesn’t permit hunting (OMG: Like You Mean, With GUNS and EVERYTHING: Like NO WAY!!!). It did not appear to notice me and was moving pretty quickly towards me. I went home and looked it up. Dark brown and some black . I can not take that away from them but we have found a solution, we are putting up a cat fence, that way, they can’t get out and nothing can get in. dlb470. Now I feel better knowing that they are indeed in this area. While I don’t condone name calling- how “unexpected” was it if you have time to capture the whole thing on video? You know, evolutionists say “survival of the fittest”. The paws are tipped with long talons. But it looks like the biggest weasel on earth.” Come to find out, she wasn’t too far off. Maybe the fisher will eliminate the porcupine. I was wondering what would happen to the coyote if it got to tangle with the fisher. The fisher is agile in trees and has a slender body that allows it to pursue prey into hollow trees or burrows in the ground. and if I didn’t see the animal until after my pet did I would’ve immediately ran to my pet and grabbed it by it’s collar, harness or back of the neck and pulled it away. Their coats are darkish brown, with a black tail and legs; some individuals have a cream-colored patch on the chest. Very rare. They are generally solitary animals except during mating season. We live in Hughesville, which is Northcentral PA and my mother has seen one going down the alley behind her house almost every morning. Names derived from aboriginal languagesinclude pekan, pequam, wejack, and woolang. We did manage to see one in the daytime on our property. The Fisher jumped as well. Fisher cats are smart and they will learn from failed attempts. Both times though, they move slow & deliberate & it was raining or had been raining each time … I couldn’t avoid them :(. A rather small one so likely born this year. We live in Bedford NH. I can’ t imagine what else it could have been. If anybody has any ideas along these lines of eco deterrents please drop us a line. Fishers are also excellent tree climbers, effectively cutting off the cat’s typical escape route. I think I might use this adorable video for my animal report at school! I would think that as an “evolutionary biologist”, you would say “let the dog maul the fisher baby to death”. The beige cat fisher with a rod is sitting and fishing in the phone. neighbor called to say there was a fisher in her yard and it headed towards our yard and to keep an eye on our dog. I spend alot of time outside, however, once it’s dark I’m in for the night. They eat any animal including dogs……………………….. You are a horrible, HORRIBLE person. What is a fisher cat? Just as with these other animals, you shouldn’t take this to be a typical noise you’d hear from a fisher behaving normally. I screamed to scare it off and that worked. Not sure if it was a fix, fisher cat or something else though. Payback’s a b****! My husband, daughter and neighbor have all seen him, and he is huge!! Haven’t seen any deer come through my yard this fall. i never seen a cat like that until my cat ran from 1 the other night.i opened the door n she ran up stairs n under the bed. Both sightings were in daytime. I why are they predators of domestic cats, with so much wildlife in the woods. Take a good look at it’s face and you will see. My 2 dogs are 40 lbs. Adults weigh between 2 and 7 kg (4-15 lbs) and are between 65 and 125 cm (29-47 inches) in length. I was not sure what I was seeing. About the dog… hey, dogs are curious. Lost my cat in August, the one night I couldn’t catch him and lock him up, GONE the next day. Was walking out on state land checking out a beaver lodge. You can call the game warden and ask for live traps to move them. The males look huge due in part from there very fluffy fur. Spotted 2 fisher cats in new Hyde Park, NY. I was bitten today 8/18/12 by a wild baby Fisher Cat. Is this something I should call someone to see about getting it removed I just don’t want it to get my other cat been watching her very well and don’t let her stay out alone to long I don’t onowwhat to do ? Perhaps the fisher cat(s) that are around have lowered their population. I have never heard of a fisher before today. Don’t tell me that I am mean because I shot at them. – make no mistake folks and forget the folk tales, the Fisher is a predatory and aggressive animal. woke up to the screeching sound. While a localized fisher population can no doubt put a dent in the local rodent or domestic cat population, i don’t think they are having any significant effect on your local deer or duck population. They do look like slick black otters. I live in Ledgedale Pa. and have had several nights of screaming and driving the dog insane. Only hear the neighbor hood dogs barking. Unusual that I have not seen any raccoons or skunks which were very commom. My first guess was a fisher, but I was a little skeptical, considering I have never heard of one in the area. in the forest. but na that be to easy. Any comments? One is a Maine coon, what a beautiful and gentle cat, the other is a mix of everything i think. These animals are, in no way, shape or form, a feline. This set is the Fisher Cat Family. Also will they approach a human or are they afraid of humans? I had to go to Windham Hospital ER and I'm getting Rabies Injections ( actually quite a few over the next three weeks) I was walking my 90 lb. I just learned that I too have a Fisher living on my back hill. Last night i to was introduced to the Fisher Cat. Who could I call on this matter? There was a news article posted in Western NY that a fisher, believed to have been out of our region for close to 100 Years had been found. Fishers are elusive, forest-dwelling members of the weasel family with long, slim bodies, short legs, rounded ears and bushy tails. Keep in mind that Fishers are relatively small animals (think Ferret) topping out at 15lbs (largest EVER was recorded at 20lbs), but more likely under 10lbs. Now there is a terrible odor coming from under camp. The color still puzzles me, anyone seen any of simular color. I think those people did pretty well in that situation. One night I was sound asleep and heard such a loud sound that it woke me up … I thought I had a big giant crow in my bedroom.. Jody says: June 9, 2009 at 5:27 am It is the most frightening sounds in the middle of the night!! New neighbors moved in a couple years ago with about a dozen outdoor cats, their numbers seem to be dwindeling. My tuxedo cat is bigger than the mother but you never know. I wonder if fisher cats are found in Western Pennsylvania? Looked up sounds on Youtube…..exactly what I heard. It wasn’t our cat (ours is indoors at night and a good part of the day) but I wouldn’t be surprised if i see a “cat missing” sign in the near future if it’s hanging around at night in North Stonington. All three times the were running across the road in our rural hills of Pennsylvania. I hope they called the wildlife people to come rescue that baby. please stop with trying to kill the fisher cat! don’t believe this………………..they are vicious…when hunting time comes get a permit & go hunt them. The tail was long and bushy, and the fur was dark brown, nearly black. Very Cute but totally fearless and extremely sharp Teeth. i don’t live near woods. It did leave the tree… it walked down the trunk of the tree, kind of like how a squirrel would, but this thing had an outlining similar to that of a cat– it’s body was maybe 18″-24″ long and had a bushy tail to it and it had short legs. The fisher cat is a North American marten, a medium sized mustelid. The fisher gets a bad rap because they seem to just love the taste of cats, and when a domestic cat goes missing within a hundred miles of a fisher sighting, it seems the fisher is always to blame. of 10. fisher animal fisher mammal fisher hat martes pennanti cat fish fishers fisher fishing cat cat fishing. Just saw a very large fisher cat in my back yard.Its around 4:00 in the afternoon it was feasting on bread we throw out for the birds. Not happy that it was a a dead one. Just push down on the kitty's head to send it zooming forward on the pretend vacuum, as lights, sounds, and super-fun music encourage your baby to crawl or walk along after their silly feline friend. Thanks, Bill. We didnt know that we were actually looking at fisher cats until I saw this site and the pics are exactly what we saw. Yesterday her mom was shot and killed after springing out at an animal control officer, who was responding to a call about this fisher cat living in a homeowners attic. Zoologists are skeptical, suggesting other animals could be responsible, observing that it would be difficult for fishers to migrate into the area. Up here in Northern Vermont, we see Fisher Cats, but they are rare – because they are afraid of people. Aside from being a bit more cautious of neighbors with their outdoor cats/pets and the feral cats that live in the neighborhood, should there be any precautions or actions that should be done? Fisher are generally believed to avoid areas lacking overhead cover, but the degree to which fisher will tolerate varying levels of forest fragmentation and human encroachment has not been well studied. In four years I have never seen a rabbit or hare in these woods and very few squirrels or chipmunks. Cat hairs were found in only one of over 1,000 stomachs. About eating domestic animals. get a license in Pa special permit Dec 18 to 24………………. the next nite was awakened by 2 animals fightin in the street.it was 2 huge fisher cats.i chased them w/ a flashlight breakin up the fight.now i know y my little 7lb cat smells the air when she goes out..makin her dash right back in..well i guess shes never to go out again at nite.u r not suppose to let your animals out after nite anyway… becareful people!!! We are on an acreage north of Stony with lots of forest for a back yard. Sure enough, that’s exactly what it sounds like, but I live in central Pennsylvania! yo youre ridiculous. If you don’t want to think about your domestic cats being mauled by a fisher cat, keep them indoors where they belong and stop complaining about wildlife, they’re doing what’s natural for them and you are not a responsible pet owner if you let your cats outdoors. stop putting bread and other food out………………. I heard owls and hawks will cats. I want to say that I heard a fisher cat tonight. We have a large indoor/outdoor cat (once feral but now a wonderful pet) that seems to not be bothered by it because she sat about 8 ft away and just watched it eat. They didn’t seem afraid. Fishers are solitary hunters. you a very mean and heartless person.FU!!! Believe me the fisher cat will move to the food source is. then they may not be quite so willing to back off. there are related……..hunting season get a license and take care of them. I called for hours but he didn’t come. A wild pack of fisher cats are terrorizing the area – killing hundreds of cats and dogs, dozens of ducks, several black bears, nine horses, five pigs, three cows, and one three-month old baby. In some regions the fisher is known as a pekan which is derived from its name in the Abenaki language. It goes on all night long. It was only when it turned into the second driveway I saw its long nose and realized it was not a cat. theres an abandoned 1 in my rasberry bush. Two nights before I saw a fisher cat. In one incident, a Fisher had chased a cat up a tree. How to deter them? It stayed looking back at us on a dirt road for quite a while and didn’t appear to be fearful of us. we all know you just dont walk up with your video camera running, pretty sad to have the dog off the leash!!!! It was quite large and very black. Their primary prey include hares, rabbits, squirrels, mice, shrews, and porcupines. Sounded lika a woman either getting killed pr laid. By the way some interesting local deterrents for the Jaboree (wild boars – can eat a lot of spuds) include human hair and used menstrual pads! Anyway, possibly there’s something out there similar that may deter Fishers, or maybe it will attract them! Thanks. I just heard one screeching outside for solid 30 sec bursts at 2am. I should have mentioned I live in upstate N.Y. This guy found an injured baby Fisher Cat while walking his dog in Massachusetts. SORRY GET A DOG. You need to seal up any holes with metal………maybe put the chickens in a total fenced in area including the top………until you seal off any opening to protect those chickens. I hope you get eaten by a wild animal. Fool. Or set it along their trails. I always have my camera at the ready when hiking. But since then, fisher numbers have increased, due in part to a trapping closure from 1937 to 1949 and the reversion of agricultural fields back into forest lands. Trap a fisher cat. fishers will kill cats or dogs………..not afraid of humans. We have a secure pen but like to let them free range and not only do we hate fences but they’re prob a waste of time with these critters anyway. I have looked for four days with no luck. Two Fisher cats at 3am Was in Indian Lake. A fisher cat (Martes pennanti) is a member of the weasel family – along with minks, otters and pine martens.Despite the name ‘fisher cat’, it is not related to ‘Fluffy’ or ‘Tom’ – nor does it eat fish! In fact, in the late 1800s and early 1900s, populations declined rapidly due to unregulated trapping and forest fragmentation. Definitely not cat or dog! Reply. The fisher cat is a North American marten, a medium sized mustelid.The fisher is agile in trees and has a slender body that allows it to pursue prey into hollow trees or burrows in the ground. My dogs went crazy and bothering the baby, hes clearly not where he is supposed to be and the mother im sure wasnt far…good lawd. Is that what to my pet chicken I thought only people ate chicken not fishers? Todd- Its fur is the color of dark chocolate, and is coveted by hunters. i ran around trying to find the source but i saw nothing. Well to my chagrin it was not a person but a Fisher Cat. I will be keeping a close watch as we have a baby. There is one hunting in my barn during the day. Male fishers are larger in size than the females. canaan nh, I have Fisher cats where I live in maine..I put food out so I can observe them on my game camera, I and two of my friends saw a Fisher Cat in the field behind my house in Schuylkill County Pa. Any ideas? We haven’t had any trouble with them and house pets but there is a lot for them to eat around here and hope they will cut the porcupine population down. The adult ones are even eerier to hear those are the human like ones. Keep your domestic pets indoors. The fisher (Pekania pennanti) is a small, carnivorous mammal native to North America. Finally, an acquaintance of mine visiting from Connecticut, told me it sounded like a fisher cat. Most of the black was on the tail..In northern Alberta,Canada. A circular patch of hair on the central pad of their hind paws marks plantar glands that give off a distinctive odor, which is believed to be used for communication during reproduction. What video are you looking at? I live in northern MN. they eat just that berries n small rodents w/ no mother to feed it..but now that u know its there’it will grow to b killer..try to catch n relocate to a safer place.keep animals in they come out of hidin just to eat everything…. No wonder. Often, young of the year and eggs make easy targets. From a distance, they can resemble a cat especially with their bushy tail. RICHMOND, MA – Killer Fisher Cats are attacking cats, dogs, bears, horses and humans in the Berkshires. When I called for them only three came. Just a few miles from Sweden/Brockport. if your cat is out at night and meets a fisher. First time I saw it I wasn’t sure what I was looking at. Four days ago I lost my precious cat. The fisher exhibits the typical “weasel” shape with a long, slender body, short legs, and furred tail. I am not sure if what I saw was a Fisher or not. 116. You rarely get to see something like this,,, it looks rabid to me. A July 4, 2007 article in the New York Times raises the possibility that fishers have turned up in Hopewell Township, New Jersey, causing concern among cat owners. Saw my second fisher last night here in south eastern Mass. If thats just a baby one, imagine what an ADULT fisher could do! Males are between 90 to 120 centimetres (35–47 in) in length and weigh between 3.5 to 5 kilograms (8–11 lb). Contacted DNR, none have been reported in Portage but one was road killed North of me in Lake Co. 2 yrs ago. my dogs were alerted. They take more than what they can eat and store it for later. There was a tabby cat looking animal that was there and I startled it and it jumped high up and through a small opening into a stall. There, I saw an animal I had never seen, and never heard of. Your email address will not be published. Now that I saw two of the weasel like creatures around my car in the driveway, I know now that the cries I heard (thought that it might be deer) were the Fisher Cats. This was daytime and the previous experience was about 9:30P.M. Made a living out of it,, fair play, and what a job! They say it almost sounds like a kid screaming? They kill moles and birds and baby rabbits and whatever else they can kill. See more ideas about mammals, animals, animals wild. Predators are a natural part of the local fauna that should be appreciated and enjoyed. i hope one daay you come back as an animal and get thrown out into the wild to fend for yourself. came inside and went to bed , next morning heard neighbor calling her cat finally went over and told her what I heard it was August 11, 2011. These people that posted this video should be appreciated. There are no porcipines. The tail is quite bushy. The creatures are a major trapping target, which can be done using a variety of traps and baits. A study done in 1979 examined the stomach contents of all fisher trapped in the state of New Hampshire. I followed deer through the middle of the circle. It was on a tree branch outside of my bedroom and was making this eerie crying/screaming/squealing sound. The really “damned” scary part of the fisher is the reports of their screams while making sweet fisher … I got a photo of it but through two panes of glass and a screen, and the animal half in strong shadow the picture is not the best. Just found out that there are fisher cats in western Pennsylvania. they are dangerous……looking for small animals they are not afraid of people. Pictures taken and seen in Lake Ariel, PA. I worry about all our stray barn cats and our chickens. Coyotes and now these…. there are also deer, squrriels, rabbit, turkey and other species there as well as habitat permits. Found some articles that indicated the color can vary from light to dark. Of course, there are foxes, coyotes and a hunter told me he saw bobcat scat as well. Good habitat. To the people who speak of just keeping your cats inside at night. I can’t write what I feel except your a poor example of a human being. Marge Geisler says: May 28, 2009 at 9:20 pm Saw 3 fisher cats crossing Route 6A in Brewster, Ma around 9P.M. The B.C. I heard something horrible this morning at about 3:30 am, it was the most horrible sound to wake up to. Last night (February 6, 2012) I saw a Fisher Cat on a stone wall next to my driveway eating peanuts that I had put out for the birds. A lot of people have never heard of a fisher cat. That was It.. and the screeches are just what I had heard that night that I was awakened . Very mean and very, very, very fast: you don’t want to mess with them. seriously, and instead of actually grabbing their dog by its collar [at least] the woman just starts telling it to come louder. Despite its name, this animal seldom eats fish; the name may originate from the French word fichet, which referred to the pelt of a European polecat. Many evenings my dogs sit on our back yard and bark continuely, and my neighbor has sheep, chickens, and other small animals. hmmmm…. It was unlike anything I had seen in this area and I have live here for over 25 years. There was an article in our local paper, in Ridgefield, CT, about an alarming rise in missing domestic cats. Fishers are agile, swift and excellent climbers, with the ability to turn their back feet nearly 180 degrees allowing them to climb head-first down trees. A little dog for that matter. weighs in at about 35 # but is not very aggressive. Iam glad we fence in our dogs. I saw a fisher cat cross Jefferson Blvd near the wonder store going to the pond. The fisher cats are now coming up on to our porches, No more raccoon, possums getting into trash. Don’t go there again…………….they will attack…they are not afraid of you. Live in Fletcher, VT and have heard the stories of them being around. i think it was coming from behind my neighboors house. The Fisher Cat Diet . And something as been digging small holes in my yard. So she is safe. To the heartless individuals who felt the cats got what they asked for or the owners were asking for it letting the cats out. Thank you. Cats do terrible things to the ecosystem. While the thought of having this animal on my hill is nerve wracking (I have a 12 yr old black lab, 10yr old boy…and neighbors with similiar sized pets / similiar aged children)…. Saw 3 fisher cats crossing Route 6A in Brewster, Ma around 9P.M. At some points it did sound like some of the sound clippings that were posted on this site. Two dark animals were advancing towards us. If people want to let their cats roam at night they should realize that kitty has put itself into the wild. Fishers, are part of the weasel family, NOT feline family. They have been seen here in the daytime in NE PA Susquehanna Co. they are out day & night….not afraid of human. Was walking my dogs next to a pond in New Hampshire when a Fisher Cat approached. Short-legged with a long body and long tail. It’s always best to give nature a wide berth in that situation. Its back was to the camera, but the thing was sitting next to one of my salt blocks. let them eay every domestic cat out there. It appeared to be a Fisher Cat. I heard the most awful cry, almost had a human quality about it, scared me to death. They are very nasty animals……………..don’t leave any food out……………. I heard a fisher cat screeching around 2:30 AM last night in Franklin MA. I have seen three fisher cats within this last year. It was a really creepy experience. When I was walking near the railroad tracks, near woods and farmland. I live in North Stonington, Ct and every Aug-Nov the Fisher cats come into the State Forrest behind our house. I googled it when I got home and I believe it was a fisher. I am missing a really pesky woodchuck that used to live under my deck, so I am hoping the fisher took him out for me! There is a den on the side of a bank about 30 yards from where I’ve sighted it which I’m thing it might be staying in. It is the most frightening sounds in the middle of the night!! Healthy looking specimen, somewhere between 15-20 lbs. It seems you get a charge out of calling people names on the internet. I noticed odd tracks in the snow all over our property and after showing them to several hunting friends, they determined it was probably a fisher. My estimates are that it was at the very least 24″ long, probably closer to three feet. For example this is not a territorial call fishers near your house would make at night any more than blue jays or rabbits wold make this sound in yor back yard. Boxer and this little guy came right up to me . [7] The largest ever male fisher recorded weighed 9 kilograms (20 lb).[8]. Its good to make noise every 5 minutes or so to let the wildlife know you are there. fischer are big….rear end up in the air….dark brown to black…big as a dog……………red fox is red pointy nose………big fat bushy log tail……………. I sat on a log. I have a woodsy/overgrown back hill…and the dusk/dawn sounds I was hearing (thinking they were strange birds)…ended up being a fisher cat; who coinsidentally may have a litter also living on top of my hill. They were contemplating an attack on myself and my dog but did not. Been up here almost 25 years and had never seen one before. See fisher cat stock video clips. I remember a documentary “the wolf man” about a guy who uses recorded wolf territiorial calls to deter wild wolves from raiding sheep in Poland and Belarussia. Attacks on domestic cats may be documented, but zoologists suggest a bobcat, coyote, or dog is more likely to kill domestic cats and chickens. Not so much now. They can have the best of both worlds without giving me a nervous breakdown. Because they can rotate their hind paws 180 degrees, they can grasp limbs and climb down trees head first. If you don’t stand for something you will fall for anything!! I have 4 German Shephards and 1 Chiwawa and I’m affraid of them coming together and causing injury to my dogs. It was about 2 in the afternoon and they were in the trees. I saw 3 young ones with mother today as I was calling for my cat to come in 11am. Sadly, I lost a feral stray cat that I was trying to save through this past harsh winter to a fisher, cats are really a fisher’s delicacy, its easy prey for the fisher, actually nothing can really get away from a fisher if its hungry especially in the winter when food is scarce. When my son came home, I explained to him what I had seen and he guessed several animals and when I looked them up on the internet they didn’t look like this animal. What to do! They were intending to attack. During recent decades, fisher populations have expanded into highly fragmented, human altered forest ecosystems throughout many areas of the northeast, including Pennsylvania. Then, by repeatedly biting and scratching at the porcupine’s face, the fisher causes it to bleed to death. Having grown up here and spending much of my youth hunting and calling animals, I knew what I heard was not a fox or a raccoon.If I had to describe what it sounded like, I would say it is a cross between a woman being attacked and a bad power steering pump chattering sound. One morning at 3 a.m. my border collie needed to go outside because she either smelled something or had to relieve herself. The first was a young one b/c it was smaller & I thought was a cat/kitten. Fisher cats are nasty pests and a significant concern for homeowners. I believe I saw my first Fisher yesterday afternoon here in central Vermont. There’s widespread panic in the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts. Would love to see one, but from the safety of my home outside the window. A quick Google search lead me to a clear picture of a fisher from behind, and upon comparing the internet photo to my own, I’ve come to the conclusion that there’re one in the same. In the most general sense, fisher occupy forests with abundant downed woody debris or other structure on the forest floor. While fishers and mountain lions are the only regular predators of porcupines, the fisher is the only predator to have a specialized killing technique.

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