What WAS that thing??

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by I have WHAT in my yard?, Oct 12, 2008.

  1. I have WHAT in my yard?

    I have WHAT in my yard? Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 24, 2008
    Eggberg, PA
    Yesterday morning DH and I were out walking the dog just after sunrise. The dog went snuffling around a pile of deadfall. The dog is about 50 pounds border collie lab mix. She's small but very very fast. We clocked her at a steady 22 miles an hour for over a mile.
    Having said that, most things she chases, she catches! She doesn't know what to do with them and after tackling them just sits back like "OK you're it!"

    So suddenly a black streak came shooting out of the deadfall and took off. I assumed it was her until she came after! It was all black, too big to be a cat, too black and fast for a gopher, not a raccoon, nor a skunk. I've never seen a fully black fox. Could it have been? It was FAST! She chased it off our property and let off the chase. (Good dog.)

    There are no bobcats etc where we live that I know of......

    What WAS that thing?!
     
  2. I*Eat*Chickens*Yum

    I*Eat*Chickens*Yum Chillin' With My Peeps

    could have been a bear. could have been a fisher. Or a gray fox ? I have seen Gray Foxes that were nearly black.

    I wouldn't be at all surprised if it was a small bear.
     
  3. Hobbley_Farm

    Hobbley_Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I didn[t think bears could run that fast for any distance at all. Well...bigger bears, but a small one?
     
  4. I have WHAT in my yard?

    I have WHAT in my yard? Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 24, 2008
    Eggberg, PA
    BEAR!!????? Here!? OMG! [​IMG]



    What would it be doing so far into developed areas at this time of year? This isn't mating season for them is it???
     
  5. Hobbley_Farm

    Hobbley_Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    maybe it was a chupacabra [​IMG]
     
  6. MagsC

    MagsC Queen Of Clueless

    Jul 27, 2008
    Minnesota
    Fisher cat....
     
  7. I have WHAT in my yard?

    I have WHAT in my yard? Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 24, 2008
    Eggberg, PA
    Exactly what IS a fisher cat and do they live in PA?
     
  8. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Not sure of how to explain what a fisher is, but you can google it. I believe there are some videos on youtube.
     
  9. amazondoc

    amazondoc Cracked Egghead

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    I'd bet on fisher or mink. A fisher is a giant mink, more or less. Long and dark brown or black, VERY fast.
     
  10. silkieluver_07

    silkieluver_07 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 31, 2008
    Pennsylvania
    Black bears are fairly common in PA. Could have been a young cub passing through.
     

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