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I think I caught a Fisher Cat on my game cam?
« on: November 18, 2013, 03:44:40 PM »
Does this look like a fisher cat to you?  I've only seen one in the past, back about 9 years ago when I was bow hunting but it didn't come close enough for me to get a real good look.

 

  

 

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Re: I think I caught a Fisher Cat on my game cam?
« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2013, 05:18:12 PM »
I'm not familiar with a Fisher Cat?????
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Re: I think I caught a Fisher Cat on my game cam?
« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2013, 05:34:28 PM »
 I would be more likely to think it is a Marten then a fisher, it looks to have a lighter coloured coating where as the fisher would be uniform in colour.
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Re: I think I caught a Fisher Cat on my game cam?
« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2013, 05:37:40 PM »
It could be pine martin.
It is hard to tell since size and face are hard to see.


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Re: I think I caught a Fisher Cat on my game cam?
« Reply #4 on: November 18, 2013, 06:15:39 PM »
looks like a fisher, if you zoom in you can see his tackle box and fishing pole :D
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Re: I think I caught a Fisher Cat on my game cam?
« Reply #5 on: November 18, 2013, 06:55:19 PM »
Hard to say Piston, nothing for us to scale it to for size.  I've seen a fisher once while hunting.  There is no doubting what you're seeing, they are much larger than martens.  I've also found a porcupine skin on my property, needless to say those fisher can be nasty little buggers. ;D
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Re: I think I caught a Fisher Cat on my game cam?
« Reply #6 on: November 18, 2013, 07:22:51 PM »
isawlogs could be right. Google both,I did. You want images by the way.  :)  I have never seen a pine martin. I kinda think they are more up where John lives.
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Re: I think I caught a Fisher Cat on my game cam?
« Reply #7 on: November 18, 2013, 11:02:14 PM »
Nothing for comparative size.

Built more like a Pine Martin than a Fisher though!

A Fisher usually have a humped back whereas the Pine Martin is usually more streamlined!

NOTE: Some places they refer to a Fisher as a "Fisher Cat" others just call them a fisher!
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« Reply #8 on: November 19, 2013, 12:01:29 AM »
Hard to say Piston, nothing for us to scale it to for size.  I've seen a fisher once while hunting.  There is no doubting what you're seeing, they are much larger than martens.  I've also found a porcupine skin on my property, needless to say those fisher can be nasty little buggers. ;D
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Re: I think I caught a Fisher Cat on my game cam?
« Reply #9 on: November 19, 2013, 08:13:03 AM »
Considering how dark it is I would say fisher.  Pine marten are more the size of a mink and this thing looks bigger than a mink. If it were the size of a mink you would barely see it's legs but they are plainly visible.  I have no doubt it is a fisher.

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Re: I think I caught a Fisher Cat on my game cam?
« Reply #10 on: November 19, 2013, 09:39:13 AM »
The reason I believe it's a fisher is because there is a lot of "talk" about them in my area.  They are nasty little critters!  Or at least they have that reputation.  We've had 3 cats and all of them disappeared over a short period of time.  I believed it to be a Fisher that killed them but of course I don't really know.  Although, whatever it was, I'm grateful.  :D

This is what wiki has to say about them...
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Males and females are similar in appearance but the males are larger. Males are 90120 cm (3547 in) in length and weigh 3.5 to 6 kilograms (813 lb). Females measure 7595 cm (3037 in) and weigh 22.5 kg (46 lb). The fur of the fisher varies seasonally, being denser and glossier in the winter. During the summer, the color becomes more mottled, as the fur goes through a moulting cycle. Fishers prefer to hunt in full forest. While they are agile climbers, most of their time is spent on the forest floor. They also prefer to forage where there is fallen dead wood on the forest floor. Fishers are omnivorous and feed on a wide variety of small animals and occasionally fruits and mushrooms. They show a preference for the snowshoe hare and are one of the few predators able to successfully hunt porcupine. Despite their name, fishers seldom eat fish.

Here are a couple other pics that I got on the game cam, maybe it will help with "scale" but probably not, but just for fun.....
 

  

  

  

  

 
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Re: I think I caught a Fisher Cat on my game cam?
« Reply #11 on: November 19, 2013, 03:17:48 PM »
Information about Fisher's from VT Fish and Wildlife at this link -
ww.vtfishandwildlife.com/vtcritters/animals.cfm?cat=mammals&species=Fisher

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Re: I think I caught a Fisher Cat on my game cam?
« Reply #12 on: November 19, 2013, 04:03:10 PM »
I don't know what it is, but I would be excited to have one on my game cam (if I had one of those  ::))!

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Re: I think I caught a Fisher Cat on my game cam?
« Reply #13 on: November 19, 2013, 05:52:30 PM »
Cowboy Bob is looking over my shoulder, and he's impressed with the buck!  He said those antlers would look good over the fireplace.   :)
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Re: I think I caught a Fisher Cat on my game cam?
« Reply #14 on: November 19, 2013, 07:33:34 PM »
Fisher, we don't have pine martens in Massachusetts.
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Re: I think I caught a Fisher Cat on my game cam?
« Reply #15 on: November 19, 2013, 08:56:59 PM »
Fisher, we don't have pine martens in Massachusetts.
Piston's got land in NH too.  Not sure where the photo was taken but guessing MA since you said you lost the cats.  Time heals all wounds, P. ;) ;D ::)

Range maps say you don't have fisher in MA either though they do 'dip' closer than marten.  My vote is still marten. :)
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Re: I think I caught a Fisher Cat on my game cam?
« Reply #16 on: November 20, 2013, 07:07:02 PM »
My parents saw a pine marten in the red pines in our yard a couple years ago.  That's about the time the red squirrel population plummeted  ;) 8)  I still only rarely see a red squirrel so I'm pretty sure the martens are still here  :)
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« Reply #17 on: November 21, 2013, 02:30:01 AM »
Cowboy Bob is looking over my shoulder, and he's impressed with the buck!  He said those antlers would look good over the fireplace.   :)

Over MY fireplace that is!  :D
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« Reply #18 on: November 21, 2013, 02:48:04 AM »
Piston's got land in NH too.  Not sure where the photo was taken but guessing MA since you said you lost the cats.  Time heals all wounds, P. ;) ;D ::)

Your right John, this is from MA, Upton, MA to be exact.  As far as time healing all wounds, it didn't take long  :D

I just thought to look on the MA fish and wildlife page, which I should have thought of earlier  ???
From here: http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dfg/dfw/fish-wildlife-plants/mammals/fisher-in-mass-generic.html

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Fishers are shy and elusive animals that are rarely seen even in areas where they are abundant. They can be active day or night and tend to exhibit crepuscular (dawn and dusk) and nocturnal activity in the summer and diurnal (daytime) activity in the winter. They remain active year round and do not hibernate. Their preferred habitat is mixed forest with heavy canopy cover as they tend to avoid traveling in large open areas. They commonly use hollow logs, stonewalls, tree cavities, and brush piles as resting sites.

Just cracked the case...it had to be a fisher, according to the Mass Wildlife website there are no Marten's in MA like Bill said.

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American Marten:
Extirpated. Formerly central and western Mass. Last known record, Worcester County, 1880. One vagrant from a Vermont release was taken in Worcester County in 1992. A 1993 Worcester County record is believed to be an escape from a fur farm.

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Statewide except Dukes & Nantucket counties. Range expansion into Barnstable County first confirmed in 2006.

...However, it looks like the only other thing it could be is a Mink?  Does it look like a Mink?  I don't think I've ever seen one. 
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Re: I think I caught a Fisher Cat on my game cam?
« Reply #19 on: November 21, 2013, 06:10:18 AM »
Been following along.  Sounds(and looks) like a Fisher to me.  Only seen one time by me - in Canada.  But I have seen Mink many times there.  This is definitely NOT a Mink.  Way too big, shape of the head is different, and the tail is way too large in both diameter and length to be a mink.
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