It was a really creepy experience. In 2005 a Boston Globe article told of fishers attacking cats. Like a half inch deep and 2 inches around. 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. Just came back from a morning walk and saw a fisher cross the dirt road in front of me. My diary farmer neighbor has seen fishercats and when I related my story to him, that’s what he thought them to be. Keep your domestic pets indoors. Ive seen two in as many years. My husband, daughter and neighbor have all seen him, and he is huge!! I did head count of all MY pets and none were making noise. He caught a big fish. If you don’t stand for something you will fall for anything!! A baby fisher standing on log Cat fishing in phone. While this is rare, when densities are high and food resources are low, animals may become desperate. they want to kill your dog. Spotted 2 fisher cats in new Hyde Park, NY. 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 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. 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. I will call the Department of Fish and Wildlife tomorrow. if your cat is out at night and meets a fisher. Love, Good luck! I was not sure what I was seeing. We live in Hughesville, which is Northcentral PA and my mother has seen one going down the alley behind her house almost every morning. So I have been puzzled for a while about what I saw. Four days ago I lost my precious cat. While there's no evidence to prove how the fisher does the dirty work, Kays says the grisly act is right in line with the carnivore's impressive skills. It’s wild out there Thank god. A rather small one so likely born this year. My father has witnessed Fishers hunting and killing these otherwise wild and tough cats. Only hear the neighbor hood dogs barking. Pretty creepy animals. The Official Site of the New Hampshire Fisher Cats New Hampshire Fisher Cats. I why are they predators of domestic cats, with so much wildlife in the woods. Maybe that is skunks or opposums. Jody says: June 9, 2009 at 5:27 am It is the most frightening sounds in the middle of the night!! Took a 10 million candle power flashlight and a pistol with me because of the way the dog was acting. Poor thing. A fisher’s coat is dark brown, dense, and glossy. This is the first time I’ve seen one in north western Canada in my life (over 50 yrs) My cats have been aware of him for weeks. my dogs were alerted. Husband went out with gun and animal was under camp he could only see eyes and it was making weird growly noises. It is well adapted for climbing and has sharp, retractable claws similar to those of a domestic cat. It left the tree trotting, so it wasn’t running or limping– it was just walking away normally. Zoologists are skeptical, suggesting other animals could be responsible, observing that it would be difficult for fishers to migrate into the area. too bad . Both sightings were in daytime. Now there is a terrible odor coming from under camp. In the most general sense, fisher occupy forests with abundant downed woody debris or other structure on the forest floor. I heard one right outside my window trying to get a t my cat on the ledge. Have a lot of coyotes, fox, and raccoons around here and it was non of them. They are solitary nocturnal hunters and can be very dangerous if approached. It was playfull. Made a living out of it,, fair play, and what a job! Couldn’t get a good picture, wasn’t fast enough with the camera. Locals are advised to stay indoors! I almost wanted to stay still as to check it out closer but since I wasn’t sure what it was I sort of panicked. They are almost like my kids. Good habitat. No wonder. It was slow a first then started to charge. My 2 dogs are 40 lbs. Just like black bears. sine one in north east ohio. Because they can rotate their hind paws 180 degrees, they can grasp limbs and climb down trees head first. please stop with trying to kill the fisher cat! I looked out the window this morning and saw what I first thought to be a beaver down by the creek. The fisher is a forest-dwelling creature whose range covers much of the boreal forest in Canada to the northern United States. I was puzzled because even though I thought it was a house cat, it was larger than one and left an unpleasant scent, not like a skunk. I am not sure if what I saw was a Fisher or not. I do have a cat, but she is not allowed outdoors. What to do! 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 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. I live in Portage Co. Ohio and 2 times this year I have seen a very large, light brown fisher going to apples 15 yards from my deer hunting ground blind. thank goodness ! Are these Cats protected in Pa. and can they be live trapped and moved out of our area. 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)…. Also will they approach a human or are they afraid of humans? I was so glad to hear about a Fisher found in Brockport. I too live in southern up-state NY and heard that the fishers were relocated here a few years ago by the D.E.C.. my husband and i have been walking along the cape cod canal for 20 years and we have seen fisher cats in the rocks i was surprised when i read that thery don’t eat fish i wonder why they hang around the rocks like that? The adult ones are even eerier to hear those are the human like ones. 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? heres an idea, keep your animals inside? Free shipping . I live in northern MN. Boxer and this little guy came right up to me . There, I saw an animal I had never seen, and never heard of. NY and one night I heard the most chilling sounds out back off camp one was a cat and the other I wasn’t sure of but it was chilling. stop putting bread and other food out………………. Iam glad we fence in our dogs. I’m pretty excited and hope to see him or her again. This strange animal crossed the Tracks ahead of me. FISHER CAT. 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. Each parent is about 3" tall, child 2.25 " tall, and baby 1.25" tall. 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. Coyotes are also plentiful in the Pachaug SF. Its back was to the camera, but the thing was sitting next to one of my salt blocks. Fishers are larger and darker than martens and have thick fur. This is an elusive fisher cat! we all know you just dont walk up with your video camera running, pretty sad to have the dog off the leash!!!! From now on i will have to be out there with them since i am so afraid of something happening to my cats. It lives somewhere close by our place. MORONS. That was scary. My father lives in a remote rural area. I just got online today to find out what a “fisher” is. Fishers haven’t always been prevalent in the central and western parts of New York State. V. I’m not impressed by your self-assigned title of “evolutionary biologist”. They are generally solitary animals except during mating season. A dozen or more such maneuvers suffice to exhaust and confuse the porcupine into a stupor in which it can no longer protect itself. A little dog for that matter. Live in Fletcher, VT and have heard the stories of them being around. They take more than what they can eat and store it for later. It seems you get a charge out of calling people names on the internet. They say it almost sounds like a kid screaming? Outside of that, be watchful for any unusual behaviors (fisher being aggressive towards things; trees, sheds, etc. The fisher hunts both on the ground and in trees, attacking various rodents (including porcupines) and other animals. But make no mistake, a fisher is part of the weasel How to deter them? They are large enough where I think other animals stay away. Your email address will not be published. That was It.. and the screeches are just what I had heard that night that I was awakened . then they may not be quite so willing to back off. I highly doubt you’re paid for those “skills”. I have never heard of them before and did not know they were in our area which is Alberta, Canada. Anything from a raccoon, to a rabbit, to a, blue jay to a mouse will make a very similar sound when it’s threatened from a close range like that (especially if injured). I got scared and turned on the light but there was nothing… I heard the cry/screech again.. and then it stopped…. This is good because porcupines almost killed my fruit trees by eating the bark off last year and they went for one of my prize pines this fall. Cat hairs were found in only one of over 1,000 stomachs. Well to my chagrin it was not a person but a Fisher Cat. As a cat owner myself I know they like to sneak out and/or not come when you call them. Fishers are elusive, forest-dwelling members of the weasel family with long, slim bodies, short legs, rounded ears and bushy tails. The B.C. 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. The Fisher Cat Diet . Fishers are solitary hunters. So we locked the remaining chickens in a shed that night until we could investigate. Today it went cruising through my yard and down the driveway while I was having my morning coffee. I have never heard of a fisher before today. Their coats are darkish brown, with a black tail and legs; some individuals have a cream-colored patch on the chest. The next day I was sitting in my den which looks out on our back lot.. Our house has a big patio door leading to the deck out back… we have vaulted ceilings….and a fat furry redish animal ran across the back yard… I thought it was a neighbor’s cat….it went so fact that I didn’t get a good look at it… My dogs went crazy There aren’t supposed to be any in Georgia (40 minutes south of Atlanta!!). However, having seen the first I knew what it was. We raise peacocks here and last week one came up missing. Females measure 75 to 95 centimetres (30–37 in) and weigh between 2 to 2.5 kilograms (4–6 lb). Is there any way to find out if it is a Fisher or Red Fox? i hope one daay you come back as an animal and get thrown out into the wild to fend for yourself. New neighbors moved in a couple years ago with about a dozen outdoor cats, their numbers seem to be dwindeling. About eating domestic animals. 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. They were intending to attack. Fishers are also excellent tree climbers, effectively cutting off the cat’s typical escape route. I always bring my cats in. From a distance, they can resemble a cat especially with their bushy tail. This was daytime and the previous experience was about 9:30P.M. Males are about twice the size of females, with the smallest females having been recorded being as small as 1.4 kg (3.1 lbs), hardly larger than most other martens, and males at as much as 9 kg (20 lbs). Your comments are just as lame. Male fishers are larger in size than the females. Its great but i do have two beloved cats. And Mystic is not that forested. After about 5 minutes the coyote took off and eventually the fisher cat came,down. I live in southern Columbia County Pennsylvania. Fisher cats are smart and they will learn from failed attempts. Have started hearing a noise the past few nights that you all seem to be describing, something I never heard before in my life. So creepy.. Who could I call on this matter? Thanks! Keeping small pets (cats and small dogs) inside is a must. Predators are a natural part of the local fauna that should be appreciated and enjoyed. Thank you. If thats just a baby one, imagine what an ADULT fisher could do! dlb470. There are no porcipines. I live in small town in Pa with woods around and I seen the cat that I thought was an over size pig, untill my daughter told me to look at the net, and sure as I seen it it was a fisher cat. It stayed looking back at us on a dirt road for quite a while and didn’t appear to be fearful of us. was behind me barking. And Miso-Chi is the most adorable thing we’ve seen this week. In Somerset County, NJ. Coyotes and now these…. Now we believe it may be a fisher or fishers. Got my husband to come listen and it was obvious a cat was being killed. And they are fast! The males look huge due in part from there very fluffy fur. Or set it along their trails. I have ruled out everything that lives here I can think of (coyote, fox, dog cat, bobcat, cougar, coati, javalina, deer). I couldn’t get a good picture of it or find any tracks clear enough for an ID sadly. We are on an acreage north of Stony with lots of forest for a back yard. The fisher exhibits the typical “weasel” shape with a long, slender body, short legs, and furred tail. Don’t tell me that I am mean because I shot at them. by their presence. About 30 years ago I heard screaming in the woods late at night. Finally, an acquaintance of mine visiting from Connecticut, told me it sounded like a fisher cat. I have heard their call before, but this was the first time that it sounded like a guinea pig squeaking/squealing, and also seeing the outline of it’s body. When I called for them only three came. I think I saw one at 3pm today crossing a road from corn field to corn field. The tail was long and bushy, and the fur was dark brown, nearly black. End up finding out it is a fisher cat, probably a baby… Who feels like an [email protected]#? The fisher eats the porcupine by flipping the dead animal over and starting with its unprotected belly. I think they have spread to almost everywhere since they brought them back. A litter contains one to five young, born after a gestation period of 338–358 days, including a delay before implantation of the fertilized egg in the wall of the uterus . I was wondering what would happen to the coyote if it got to tangle with the fisher. Believe me the fisher cat will move to the food source is. The fisher cat is a North American marten, a medium sized mustelid. and bothering the baby, hes clearly not where he is supposed to be and the mother im sure wasnt far…good lawd. Looked up sounds on Youtube…..exactly what I heard. Look I Nguyen for rats. I will be keeping a close watch as we have a baby. The camp ground was a big circle. Fishers don’t look like tabby cats… They are not a striped like tabby cats are. In one incident, a Fisher had chased a cat up a tree. I have read that they don’t really go after cats, but are deadly to porcupines. Seriously, though, the screams I hear are more like a howling, maniacal laughter (of an animal- not some crazy person in my woods)- I am asking you because you are not a self-proclaimed evolutionary biologist- any thoughts? Mine are never out unsupervised but I would like to know in case they get out unintentionally. I looked up the audio of their scream as for the last 3-4 years there has been this awful screaming coming from the woods in our back yard on a regular basis at night. The clothing is removable and everthing is interchangeable. Very Cute but totally fearless and extremely sharp Teeth. They eat any animal including dogs……………………….. You are a horrible, HORRIBLE person. The next day after doing my housework I sat in the den to listen to the news.. and there was that animal digging in the ground with it’s long nose .. it stayed there for at least 1 hours digging …I noticed it was not a cat by the elongated nose… but I was purplexed as to what kind of an animal it was… again in the late afternnoon it appeared and did the same routine…. It was only when it turned into the second driveway I saw its long nose and realized it was not a cat. JUST SAY A HUGE FISHER CAT IN MY YARD 2/5/13 SCARY. Take a good look at it’s face and you will see. I can’t write what I feel except your a poor example of a human being. I live in the country side of VA. I went and got wifey and showed her the beast. While fishers and mountain lions are the only regular predators of porcupines, the fisher is the only predator to have a specialized killing technique. A lot of people have never heard of a fisher cat. They are not afraid and yes they are very very fast. If anybody has any ideas along these lines of eco deterrents please drop us a line. They can have the best of both worlds without giving me a nervous breakdown. I ask”ed, “What is it?”. These people that posted this video should be appreciated. The b.c. Just this morning in the newly fallen snow I found domestic cat, fox, and coyote prints in my driveway. theres an abandoned 1 in my rasberry bush. They will not go outside. I saw the tracks in the snow and on our deck, but thought it was a coyote. Fisher came to mind so I googled it and sure enough this is what is appeared to be. says, “The fisher cannot retract it’s claws and they are usually dulled somewhat by constant contact with the ground and rocks.” I knew I had read this somewhere just recently, now I wonder what I should believe . I called for hours but he didn’t come. Unusual that I have not seen any raccoons or skunks which were very commom. Wow that was bizarre. My cat is a master of darting and sneaking out of the house. there are related……..hunting season get a license and take care of them. Fisher cats are nasty pests and a significant concern for homeowners. Wow, man I just got through a whole disturbing hour thinking someone was being tortured and hurt, washing dishes in my kitchen this evening, I heard this blood curdling screaming, screeching, called my mother to come outside to listen, as I thought it was a human, she listened, concurred it sounded “eerily human, after asking my mom who’s here visiting from Hawaii, I call the police. the cat is gone. The really “damned” scary part of the fisher is the reports of their screams while making sweet fisher … I would’ve never even let my pet go near it, for the Fisher and my pets safety. 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. I stopped and stared. I decided tonight to trying & find out what the weasel looking creature was that I ran over with my truck this evening. We didnt know that we were actually looking at fisher cats until I saw this site and the pics are exactly what we saw. Everyone locks up their animals at night fall. 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. 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. But now we think back about the wild sounds we hear out here, I heard what sounded like an old woman scream one night & we joked then about it being an old swamp woman behind our house, pretty eerie. They are very vicious and will attack cats. Great news! 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. 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! 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. Very rare. Rare cub is just 6 weeks old and already learning to fish with its hook-like claws I hope you get eaten by a wild animal. i don’t live near woods. youre obviously an animal hater. We have Fishers there in the Santa Cruz Mts CA – They come and hit my chicken coop everynight – Just saw one big one crossing the road in daylight. Idiots shouldn’t be allowed to have a dog. Just thought someone might be interested. 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. The legs of a fisher are short and stout and their feet possess retractable claws, which they use for climbing. It frightens me because I have a small dog. Often, young of the year and eggs make easy targets. Healthy looking specimen, somewhere between 15-20 lbs. Looked very much like a river otter. My tuxedo cat is bigger than the mother but you never know. I thought they were nocturnal? The noise of the Fisher is exactly what we hear at night, but I am not sure if it is a Fisher or Red Fox. Also there are several missing cat signs up all over town. Thanks, Bill. It goes on all night long. To the people who speak of just keeping your cats inside at night. I live in Ledgedale Pa. and have had several nights of screaming and driving the dog insane. I haven’t had any more sightings besides some strange tracks in the mud nearby that also match that of a fisher. It’s always best to give nature a wide berth in that situation. 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. We have fisher cats in the woods of our back yard. In fact, in the late 1800s and early 1900s, populations declined rapidly due to unregulated trapping and forest fragmentation. I agree. Sure enough, that’s exactly what it sounds like, but I live in central Pennsylvania! For people who chooses to have indoor / outdoor cats, there are many risks, now including death by Fisher Cats. Probably about 10 years ago. Two dark animals were advancing towards us. In some regions the fisher is known as a pekan which is derived from its name in the Abenaki language. The State of CT need to get off their butts and do something, I’M JUST waiting until the problem is in their back yard. I have 4 German Shephards and 1 Chiwawa and I’m affraid of them coming together and causing injury to my dogs. Each of the Fisher’s feet have five toes with semi-retractable claws. seriously, and instead of actually grabbing their dog by its collar [at least] the woman just starts telling it to come louder. I believe I saw my first Fisher yesterday afternoon here in central Vermont. i ran around trying to find the source but i saw nothing. 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. I use a try spray to fix the bark………..we have them here…….in NE PA. To Debra in North Stonington, I too live in North Stonington, I hunt and hike in the Patchaug State Forest year round and there certainly are a number of fisher living there. I spend alot of time outside, however, once it’s dark I’m in for the night. Fool. but the sound went on till 920am found out that’s what’s living in the hole out in the back yard, havent seen any deer around and the neighbors cat is missing. I think I might use this adorable video for my animal report at school! It almost looked wet or all oily . As with other members of the weasel family, fishers have a long, low profile when moving along the ground. Fisher cat ran across my backyard this afternoon, much to my surprise. 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. I think those people did pretty well in that situation. Can’t believe the Game department let them loose around here to take care of porcipines. A neighbor said she saw one running around in the woods. I Googled what I saw and found two animals, one weasel like and one that looked like the animal I saw, a large gray tabby cat, both called Fisher cats. We have a fisher living in our area, which is Stony Plain, Alberta, Canada. 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. It is a member of the mustelid family (commonly referred to as the weasel family), and is in the monospecific genus Pekania. See fisher cat stock video clips. Pictures taken and seen in Lake Ariel, PA. 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). Reply. Pingback: Pentagenarians & Beyond: W/B 5/15 - The Cathe Nation, What is a Fisher Cat and What Does It Look Like, Caring for Your Horses: The Top Horse Care Tips You Need to Know, 5 Fascinating Similarities Between Domestic Cats and Wild Cats, Woman Attacked by Fisher Cat {Video – Lincoln, RI}, Coyote Sound Clips (Definitely Not a Fisher Cat Sound). Please let me know as I am concerned for the safety of my pets, as well as just curious? One morning at 3 a.m. my border collie needed to go outside because she either smelled something or had to relieve herself. 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. I just heard one screeching outside for solid 30 sec bursts at 2am. 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. he reassured me that we should not be afraid. Was walking out on state land checking out a beaver lodge. There’s widespread panic in the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts. 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. I thought they were supposed to only exist further north??? A fisher will eat a cat if the opportunity presents itself, but so will other predators that are common and plentiful in the state, including coyotes. I hope they called the wildlife people to come rescue that baby. There is one hunting in my barn during the day. I first heard the scream of a fisher cat several years ago. It has a broad head, a pointed snout, and small ears. This footage captures a fisher-cat close up, and also records the curious squealing sound that it makes Share this video: See a fisher up close and hear the alien sound it makes. Its diet also includes fruits and sometimes nuts . I am wondering if anyone knows if there are these fisher cats in the new england area, more specifially massachusettes. She said, “Heck if I know. However the article I read said they were not in this part of New York State. Not happy that it was a a dead one. I heard a fisher cat screeching around 2:30 AM last night in Franklin MA. I’ve seen rabid animals and they act the same way, with neurological problems like this one has (where his head bobs up and down and he can’t walk). It was about 2 in the afternoon and they were in the trees. I hope the person contacted the proper authorities to help the fisher cat. Found some articles that indicated the color can vary from light to dark. A lot of people have never heard of a fisher cat. but na that be to easy. – make no mistake folks and forget the folk tales, the Fisher is a predatory and aggressive animal. I ain’t worried about that dog. My first guess was a fisher, but I was a little skeptical, considering I have never heard of one in the area. I was walking at 8:15 am along High Street which is a pretty settled, residential street when this animal I thought was a tiny extra thin cat came out of a driveway, ran along the side of the street and then ran into another driveway about 2 houses down. Also, in some areas fishers can become pests to farmers because they will get into a pen and kill large numbers of chickens. Its fur is the color of dark chocolate, and is coveted by hunters. I personally have 2 indoor cats, but I also have 2 Chihuahuas 1 at 4-5 Pounds and the other at 8-9 Pounds. fisher marten just got a baby chick and a baby turkey last night. Dark brown and some black . There are charming homes, playgrounds, toy shops, schools and more! I have heard the sound of the fisher and have never heard such a thing before. Their diet may also contain small birds, fruit and berries, as well as deer in the form of carrion. They are about 3 feet long, with a tail that extends to about 15 inches. I just learned that I too have a Fisher living on my back hill. Attacks on domestic cats may be documented, but zoologists suggest a bobcat, coyote, or dog is more likely to kill domestic cats and chickens. Most people don’t even know what they are. And something as been digging small holes in my yard. 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. I hope the fisher cat is OK. She’s a baby. This morning when I went out to let them out, I went into the barn to throw them some feed. Their primary prey include hares, rabbits, squirrels, mice, shrews, and porcupines. Marge Geisler says: May 28, 2009 at 9:20 pm Saw 3 fisher cats crossing Route 6A in Brewster, Ma around 9P.M. Trap a fisher cat. I’ve never heard an animal screech like this! They are very nasty animals……………..don’t leave any food out……………. I saw 3 young ones with mother today as I was calling for my cat to come in 11am. Very mean and very, very, very fast: you don’t want to mess with them. As an evolutionary biologist it’s pretty scary watching people interact with things they don’t understand. Thanks! Names derived from aboriginal languagesinclude pekan, pequam, wejack, and woolang. Both times though, they move slow & deliberate & it was raining or had been raining each time … I couldn’t avoid them :(. Kays says the fisher has a lot of fun stalking, killing and consuming the prickly critter most animals would avoid like the plague. Then in Fort Edward , NY went to a friends house and saw a fisher cat in her backyard the neighboring farmer is missing 6 chickens. They attack our pets and kill them. Contacted DNR, none have been reported in Portage but one was road killed North of me in Lake Co. 2 yrs ago. I am also outside Atlanta!!!! 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. I worry about all our stray barn cats and our chickens. Its good to make noise every 5 minutes or so to let the wildlife know you are there. Of course, there are foxes, coyotes and a hunter told me he saw bobcat scat as well. Correction: The Fisher’s claws are actually semi-retractable according to the Connecticut Environmental website. These animals are not aggressive by nature; that said – we need to be smart about our surroundings. Just found out that there are fisher cats in western Pennsylvania. They attack our children. It was quite large and very black. Fisher Cat Baby Admitted by Katrina Bergman on April 25, 2012 8 comments. Of course, if you live in a place that doesn’t permit hunting (OMG: Like You Mean, With GUNS and EVERYTHING: Like NO WAY!!!). The creatures are a major trapping target, which can be done using a variety of traps and baits. RICHMOND, MA – Killer Fisher Cats are attacking cats, dogs, bears, horses and humans in the Berkshires. As obviously poison. 981 fisher cat stock photos, vectors, and illustrations are available royalty-free. let them eay every domestic cat out there. yo youre ridiculous. I went home and looked it up. We are close to Pittsburg. 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 ? The beige cat fisher with a rod is sitting and fishing in the phone. I’m not sure how to describe it but it sounded like it was something being attacked, while also mating, while also sounding like a guinea pig squealing. Most of the black was on the tail..In northern Alberta,Canada. 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…. fishers will kill cats or dogs………..not afraid of humans. Perhaps the fisher cat(s) that are around have lowered their population. Just a few miles from Sweden/Brockport. I heard something horrible this morning at about 3:30 am, it was the most horrible sound to wake up to. You know, evolutionists say “survival of the fittest”. Yes, you read that correctly. I’ve spent a lot of time in during my life in the outdoors and this is the first fisher I think I’ve ever seen. After about 25 minutes of hearing them speed around the neighborhood and returning to my backyard to ascertain the location of the screaming… End up finding out it is a fisher cat, probably a baby… Who feels like an [email protected]#? when My son from Maine called today he suggested that I look at the picture and sounds of a fisher cat…. We to have fox dens behind our home which is in a secluded part of the city and we have all kinds of wildlife showing up. Thank you for this incredible video! I thought they were weasels. Video camera first and then dog on leash was NOT the way to go in this situation. The fisher cats are now coming up on to our porches, No more raccoon, possums getting into trash. I have read a few articles about fisher cats tonight and all of them make it seem that where I live is not fisher cat territory (Westchester County, NY). they are dangerous……looking for small animals they are not afraid of people. 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. Fishers are a medium-size mammal. They should not be a threat to any decent sized dog or cat and certainly not deer. Would love to see one, but from the safety of my home outside the window. Sounded lika a woman either getting killed pr laid. I do not have any other animals.. so I guess I will just keep away from the back yard when I see this animal around.. they are vicious………..will attack, they are not afraid of humans. It’s eerrie because it so quite. Last night it came out again and there was no doubt in my mind that it was a fisher, and a pretty large one. 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. Two Fisher cats at 3am 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. What video are you looking at? To the heartless individuals who felt the cats got what they asked for or the owners were asking for it letting the cats out. I live in Mystic, CT. Now I feel better knowing that they are indeed in this area. When the cat couldn’t climb any higher, it jumped. The fisher cat would take a bird, go hide it and then come back for another. Still, they are well known for taking out domestic dogs and cats if they can. Up here in Northern Vermont, we see Fisher Cats, but they are rare – because they are afraid of people. it was here long before us and those stinkin domestic cats! They kill moles and birds and baby rabbits and whatever else they can kill. I have looked for four days with no luck. Lost my cat in August, the one night I couldn’t catch him and lock him up, GONE the next day. Not sure if it was a fix, fisher cat or something else though. Cats are natural nocturnal predators, and help keep down the rodent population. Payback’s a b****! While I don’t condone name calling- how “unexpected” was it if you have time to capture the whole thing on video? Fishers have a long body, and it always looks stockier compared to most other mustelids owing to its long fur. Neighbor cat never found. We have these Fishers here in Portugal, and their numbers have been increasing steadily. There was an article in our local paper, in Ridgefield, CT, about an alarming rise in missing domestic cats. Saw 3 fisher cats crossing Route 6A in Brewster, Ma around 9P.M. I am a little concerned by hearing they MIGHT eat my pets. It did not appear to notice me and was moving pretty quickly towards me. The fisher sounded and looked like a baby. If people want to let their cats roam at night they should realize that kitty has put itself into the wild. Try these curated collections. don’t believe this………………..they are vicious…when hunting time comes get a permit & go hunt them. I do live by very wooded floodplain area. Thanks. what kind of IDIOT lets their dog approach an fisher cat off-leash? What is wrong with people who see wildlife and want to kill it? Wasn’t quite sure until I got online and checked out some pics. [7] The largest ever male fisher recorded weighed 9 kilograms (20 lb).[8]. the next nite was awakened by 2 animals fightin in the was 2 huge fisher cats.i chased them w/ a flashlight breakin up the 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!!! Adults weigh between 2 and 7 kg (4-15 lbs) and are between 65 and 125 cm (29-47 inches) in length. If I had chickens I would be concerned. 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. When on my walk back home not too far from beaver pond I spotted what I thougt was a skunk coming towards me but as it got closer I noticed it was much bigger, no white stripe and a longer bushy tail. I saw a fisher cat cross Jefferson Blvd near the wonder store going to the pond. hmmmm…. we are 20 miles from pa. border. 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. This creature darted in and out of a hole at the bottom of a big rotted tree. I would keep my cats in……… will kill cats, dogs chickens and rabbits. I was very frightened. I thought it was pretty neat back then. 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. A fishing cat was just born at the Denver Zoo. They are. My grand son lives very close to this sighting and he told me he has heard some horrific screams at night and thought they were coyotes. They were advancing side by side and got to within about 8 ft of me. family. Circle of life indeed, and my belly is grumbling. they will eat chickens, cats dogs or anything else that size. Fisher Price Merri-Pink Puffalump Kids Baby Doll clean, smoke-free home. 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. Cats are medium-size mammals, so cats fit within fishers’ potential prey. In four years I have never seen a rabbit or hare in these woods and very few squirrels or chipmunks. Can’t wait for some snow so we can back track it to see. It’s the circle of life and you can’t really blame them. I heard a fisher last night at 2:45am- it woke me from a sound sleep and scared the crap out of me. in the forest. This year I have seen more wild life around my house, fox, turkeys, bear, deer,porcupines than ever. Your baby can "clean," count, and crawl all around with the Laugh & Learn Crawl-After Cat on a Vac from Fisher-Price. -it is a member of the weasel family and in some areas of Ontario were introduced to curtail the common weasel population itself. I’m curious as to where the little bugger might have come from, if he’s common in PA, and if there is a chance he’ll stick around. Sounded more human screaming then any animal I’ve ever heard. I’m really sorry to hear about your missing cat, it’s so hard to have an indoor/outdoor cat. The New York State Fisher Management Plan (PDF)was completed in December 2015. Vintage 1999 Fisher Price Puffalumps Pink Baby COW 10" Nylon Plush Toy. $24.20 + shipping . They stood about 18 inches high at the most and were about that wide with their hair sticking up and out. I want to say that I heard a fisher cat tonight. I wonder if fisher cats are found in Western Pennsylvania? they will eat your little dogs too.. be very not walk them at nite they have no fear just hunger. Not so much now. Very little solid (as in almost Zero) that Fishers attack and eat domestic cats or dogs. They have been seen here in the daytime in NE PA Susquehanna Co. they are out day & night….not afraid of human. They should have scooped it up in a net and brought it to a wildlife center. Now we have to worry about our animals and kids. I’d seen one two years ago on our property and it was an odd looking thing. This article says its claws are retractable, I believe they are not retractable. What is a fisher cat? 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! I called the police since i thought it might be a person, it was late at night and there was a party going on at the end of our close. So creepy I nearly died of fright. 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. 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. We live in a remote area around Orwell N.Y. in North Central N.Y. and they are not that rare around here but they Are an animal that you don’t want to try to make friends with because they will hurt you. So she is safe. I googled it when I got home and I believe it was a fisher. Looks like all God’s critters are hunting the same scarce game. You can call the game warden and ask for live traps to move them. I have been hearing sounds in the woods behind my house that sound like what the fisher is supposed to sound like. I live in western Arizona middle of the state north to south and about 30 miles east of the Colorado River. I can’ t imagine what else it could have been. It is so… At some points it did sound like some of the sound clippings that were posted on this site. Males are between 90 to 120 centimetres (35–47 in) in length and weigh between 3.5 to 5 kilograms (8–11 lb). Anyone else in my area has heard this recently? We have NO stray cats, squirrels, chipmucks, Not even any geese, ducks, birds in and or around the lake across the street. So I guess we have a fisher cat loaming around here.. we are surrounded by woods and mountains… they abut our property.. Todd- My estimates are that it was at the very least 24″ long, probably closer to three feet. I live in a wooded area in Vt and have seen the fisher at all hours of the day and have heard its eiry scream various times in the night, right into the morning. SORRY GET A DOG. It shouldn’t of been dumb and went up to that little fisher cat. get a license in Pa special permit Dec 18 to 24………………. It has a pointed face with large, rounded ears set close to the head. We live near the Alleghenny forest in PA. friend in northern Chester County, Pa told me today about Fisher cats around her property She called DEP ans was told 190 were dropped in the past 10 years. 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. Short-legged with a long body and long tail. I live in Claremont N.H. for ten years now originally from NYC. Our area is overrun with deer who have eaten virtually any and all habitat for rabbits, squirrels, and small and large ground fowl. Two nights before I saw a fisher cat. It’s a good thing that they prey on stray cats and dogs (as any ecologically minded person knows the havoc feral animals play with small mammal/bird/lizard/amphibian population) but not so great that they are killing our chickens in broad daylight, 100 yds from where we are working, silently carrying off 3 at a time. Yesterday one of my hens was killed and taken away that was locked up in our barn. Fisher babies are much smaller than that so it’s sort of young. We live way back in the woods in Jaffrey N.H . I found that educating myself to be a big relief and while I’m not ‘sold’ that he’s not vicious, I am more aware – which is what all of us need to be when we have wild animals roaming around. woke up to the screeching sound. It is hard since i do let them out, never at night but my husband lets them out in the early morning.