Monday, February 17, 2014

fishers

when we were coming home from the hospital there was someone on the radio talking about fishers. Fleta ask me what a fisher was and I said i thought it was a type
of bird. .I was wrong Fleta. the first time but will be the last.
The fisher is a member of the weasel family, resembling a very large mink. It weighs as much as a red fox, but has much shorter legs. Fisher are extremely agile and active predators. Excellent tree climbers, they can outclimb marten and red squirrels. They prey upon snowshoe hare, mice, squirrels, and porcupine. Fisher will also eat insects and berries.
The fisher is a remarkable predator (meat eater). It is one of a very few animals that can kill a porcupine. Despite its name, the fisher does not catch or eat fish. Instead, it eats small animals, carrion (already dead animals), wild berries and nuts.

Identification

General description: The fisher is a medium-sized long-shaped predator that belongs to the weasel family.
Length: Adult fishers are 24 to 30 inches long, including their long, bushy tail.
Weight: Female adults weigh 6 to 8 pounds, and males weigh up to 18 pounds.
Color: The fur of a fisher is a grizzled dark brown, blackish on the rump and tail, with a white or cream-colored bib on their chest.

1 comment:

Winnie Sneed said...

Mike and I both learned something new...had not heard of this animal...Mike thinks it looks somewhat like a badger.