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What in the heck is a Fisher Cat?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by KareyABohr, Feb 1, 2009.

  1. KareyABohr

    KareyABohr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am from Iowa and I guess I have never heard of a Fisher Cat. Anyone have pics? I am not finding a lot online.
     
  2. lurky

    lurky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2007
    Western MA
    They look like a dark brown Ferret but WAY BIGGER.
     
  3. Henrietta23

    Henrietta23 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 20, 2007
    Eastern CT
  4. Eliza

    Eliza Chillin' With My Peeps

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    a fisher cat is a member of the marten family. It's an omivor - which means like a bear or wolverine it can eat a variety of things. It's a fairly secretive animal, which can also be fairly aggressive. it moves around in the dusk, dawn and night. It's the scourage of chickens, and small pets. It has very sharp claws/talons - non retractable, and can move quickly. It's also very strong. About the size of a raccoon. Leave it alone. and make sure that your livestock quarters are tight. they were reintroduced back into the new england area - one of it's orginal regions. Thankfully, we've never laid eyes on one here, but they are around - kind of like coyotes - all around you but you'd never know.
     
    Last edited: Feb 1, 2009
  5. lurky

    lurky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2007
    Western MA
    here is a picture i found

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  6. HorseFeathers

    HorseFeathers Frazzled

    Apr 2, 2008
    Southern Maine
    A chicken owner's worst enemy.
     
  7. maine chicks

    maine chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are real killers and they don't trap easily. Good luck with a 22 if you have one in your chicken yard.
     
  8. SpunkyChicken

    SpunkyChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Here in New Hampshire we call them fisher cats, which I guess stays true to the wiki article's "In parts of New England..." [​IMG]

    We assume that the 4 cats my family has lost were taken by fisher cats. I don't think they ever came close enough to the house to get our chickens though; fox, racoons, and skunks were always the culprit. I've never seen a fisher cat in person but I used to hear their screeching quite often in the summers when I lived at home. It sounds really, really messed up. My brother and I would refer to them as "screaming buddha gnomes" when we were children because we were silly like that.
     
  9. accidentalchickenfarmer

    accidentalchickenfarmer New Egg

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    We have them here in CT also. My husband and I were driving down a back road in Andover, CT and a Fisher Cat ran out in front of us. We live in Hebron, CT and have seen the squirrel population begin to decline and move out of the woods and more towards houses. Living in Hebron, I have also seen and heard coyotes out in back of our house. As I was out walking with one of our dogs, a coyote ran out of one of the farmer's access roads. These coyotes aren't small, either. My GSD is about 100 punds, and the coyote wasn't much smaller.
     
  10. Henrietta23

    Henrietta23 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 20, 2007
    Eastern CT
    Quote:Here in New Hampshire we call them fisher cats, which I guess stays true to the wiki article's "In parts of New England..." [​IMG]

    We assume that the 4 cats my family has lost were taken by fisher cats. I don't think they ever came close enough to the house to get our chickens though; fox, racoons, and skunks were always the culprit. I've never seen a fisher cat in person but I used to hear their screeching quite often in the summers when I lived at home. It sounds really, really messed up. My brother and I would refer to them as "screaming buddha gnomes" when we were children because we were silly like that.

    [​IMG] yourself!! [​IMG] In New Hampshire you also call them baseball players. [​IMG]
    People here in CT call them Fisher Cats as well. I just thought the OP might have some luck finding information if the "cat" part was left off. [​IMG]
     

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