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STUPID Fisher cats. What a horrible afternoon.

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by chickensbythesea, Oct 4, 2011.

  1. chickensbythesea

    chickensbythesea Chirping

    Jan 1, 2011
    Just got back from having our beloved rooster put out of his misery.
    He was attacked by a fishercat while freeranging, and it was one of the most upsetting things I've seen, ever. Ripped his end open, took the skin off his side, and left him still alive, but barely.

    He was the only one we let ourselves get really attached to, and have had him longer than anyone else in our flock. He was so severely injured, I don't think either DH or I will be able to get that image out of our heads for some time.

    How does one catch a fishercat? The best way to kill one without a gun?
    I won't use his body as bait, as he was a dear pet, and I dont have a gun or good aim.
    Last edited: Oct 4, 2011

  2. SilkieBantams

    SilkieBantams Songster

    Sep 23, 2011
    Houston, TX
    Get a live trap and put a piece of frozen chicken meat and wait.
  3. bird

    bird Songster

    Mar 24, 2009
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  4. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

    Mar 16, 2009
    onchiota NY
    IM so sorryI. Fishers are very sneaky and smart..I have yet to hear anyone catch one in a trap:( Im sure its been done and I would certainly try..you never know. Have a friend with a gun that will sit and be a sniper for you?
  5. chickensbythesea

    chickensbythesea Chirping

    Jan 1, 2011
    Nobody to do it for us, but my dad thinks his dog could probably find it's den, and then I'll at least know where to start baiting and trapping.
  6. KandiandJerry

    KandiandJerry Songster

    So sorry to hear this......it is alot worse when it is a pet ....[​IMG]

  7. dandydoodle

    dandydoodle Songster

    Sep 21, 2010
    Just curious how do you know for sure it was a fisher cat? Sorry about your roo. [​IMG]
  8. chickensbythesea

    chickensbythesea Chirping

    Jan 1, 2011
    Quote:We hear a fishercat every once in a while and we saw it in the spring in the general area where he was attacked, and the wounds were clearly from a weasel/fisher. They basically disemboweled him through his rear and mauled in between his legs, and degloved (stripped the skin off) his right leg in the process. His intestines were pulled out, I think the leg wounds were incidental.
    I still don't know how he wasn't dead already when we found him.

    Since we have a fisher in the woods around us, and it's the most likely predator based on wounds, it's a pretty safe guess.
  9. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    Sounds like a coon attack to me..

    When we had a weasel kill ours they just chewed the heads off(one of them) and drank the blood of all the others... [​IMG]
    But fishers may be different than weasels??

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