Sunday, June 26, 2016

Mysterious Critter Alert!

The sighting occurred a couple weeks ago, just before daylight, out this window.  The creature was strolling casually along the edge of the mowed area.  It vanished into the tall grass beyond the trees.







Description 

dark brown in color
fluffy tail
approximately 3 feet in length, including tail
small head
small ears
beady eyes
big feet
looks like a skinny badger
aura of malevolence







The identity of this animal is most probably a fisher.





Fishers belong to the family Mustelidae, along with badgers, ferrets, minks, otters, sables, wolverines.

Some Fisher Facts

-coat thick and lush, dark brown to black in color
-  4-15 pounds
-  29-47 inches long, including tail
-  range 3-5 square miles
- solitary hunters:  rabbit, mouse, grouse porcupine, carrion
- populations dwindled about 100 years ago due to trapping (fisher fur is similar to mink)
-  fisher populations are larger now
- most active at dusk and dawn
-  able to climb trees but spend most of their time on the ground.  However, young are raised in hollow trees high off the ground






  Have there been other fisher sightings here at the homestead?  No.  But that's probably due to fisher stealth.






Read more about the Fisher here.

7 comments:

  1. awwwww such a cute drawing.
    I have never heard of a Fisher but lucky you to see one.

    cheers, parsnip and thehamish

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    1. Yes, cute in a sort of diabolical way.

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  3. They might look cute, but they can be a real problem for pets.

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    1. True, they have serious claws and teeth.

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