Fisher living on my property

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by CamillaRules, Jun 29, 2011.

  1. CamillaRules

    CamillaRules Out Of The Brooder

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    At 1 a.m. we were awakened by an awful commotion in the henhouse. Horrible screams and cries...my heart stopped! I threw on my robe and ran outside in my barefeet, grabbing a long piece of wood off the deck as I went and yelling for Dave to find the flashlight. I turned on the spotlights and porch light before I left the kitchen. I have never heard such sheer terror from animals in my life. The hair on my neck was standing up and I thought I was going to throw up before I even got the the henhouse. I opened the door, scared out of my wits at what I was going to find. One hen was hiding up in the rafters and at first I thought she was missing her head...but Dave arrived with a flashlight and said, "No she's ok. She blinked at me." Some were competely still on the floor, but when I gently prodded them, they suddenly flew at me and out into the yard. So, no bodies, thank god. We then tramped around the brush, with flashlights, trying to round up chickens until 3 a.m. At that point we gave up and went inside, but I was so upset I stayed on the sofa all night, listening for any sounds. We found the remaining 3 girls in the morning, huddled in a pile of sand next to the house foundation. I was so releived, I cried.

    On inspection of the hen house, we found long claw marks on the back of it and the hatch door was half pulled off, but whatever it was never got inside...probably just it's snout. It apparently jumped on the chicken wire above the pen and got in that way. When I described it to folks at work they said it sounded like a fisher. Not only the blood curdling screams but other strange noises I've heard during the day which leads me to believe it's living in some trees on one side of our property. I felt sick the rest of the night and last night too, although Dave screwed the door to the house and is redoing it today. How do I get rid of this hellish critter? It's illegal to do anything to them in MA but I'm honestly thinking of getting a .22.

    Sign me still reeling.....
     
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  2. blazensasha

    blazensasha Out Of The Brooder

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    what's a fisher?[​IMG]
     
  3. sparkles2307

    sparkles2307 Terd of Hurtles

    Quote:Google "fisher cat" evil evil creatures

    ETA: my advice to the OP is SSS
     
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  4. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    Quote:I was going to ask the same question. I thought someone was fishing. [​IMG]
     
  5. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    Is this a fisher? I have NEVER in my life heard of this or saw this before. He looks SCARY. [​IMG]

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  6. pottymouthspoultry

    pottymouthspoultry Out Of The Brooder

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    A fisher is a member of the weasel family. A friend had his flock of 8 SLW's killed by a fisher in one night... He killed them all and just left them... Didn't eat any of them. They're very strong and fairly large. Make sure your flock is very secure at night!
     
  7. blazensasha

    blazensasha Out Of The Brooder

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    What a nasty looking little beast![​IMG]
     
  8. blazensasha

    blazensasha Out Of The Brooder

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    What part of the country do those things live in?
     
  9. chi-rn

    chi-rn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How horrible. Live in south, so none of these--- we have our own unique problems down here. Never even heard of one of these... Looked 'em up, and the word is vicious! So glad your chickens survived.


    Found this info (http://www.pestcontrolrx.com/david_somlcom/2008/07/fisher-how-to-g.html):

    So how do you prevent fisher attacks on pets?
    That is how do you get rid of a fisher?
    •Keep your pets indoors.
    •Fence your poultry in...including the roof of the pen.
    •Get a Big Big dog.
    •Lights, sounds, noise helps but is not a solid solution to deterring them.
    •Repel fishers with a commercial odor repellent that uses the urine of their natural predators.

    If you have a fisher that has camped on your property and removal is in order...
    •Poison? Don't bother. It won't work.
    •Trapping the fisher. This works but then what do you do with it but destroy it. This part is more complicated as fishers are generally protected. Check your local laws. Perhaps your local control officer wil take it and euthanize it for you.
    •Shoot the fisher: Fischer hunting is often allowed during certain seasons with special permits. Check your local laws. A fisher hide still has a little value, but not like years ago when its high value led to the decimation of the fisher across the country which prompted a long period of total protection for the fisher from the government.
     
  10. NottinghamChicks

    NottinghamChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Glad to hear all your girls are ok. I have seen them around our woods and my husband was "rushed" by two of them after he climbed out of his tree stand. They ran right at him and at the last minute one went right, the other left. Their screams are like infants in distress and can make anyone uneasy. I so far have had no incidents with them. I have had a Coon or an Ermine during broad daylight pull a 5 week old through a kennel and ripped its head off.

    Re-secure all possible entry points and hope for the best [​IMG]
     

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