The Fisher resembles a house cat in body size and shape but has shorter legs and a longer wedge-shaped snout.
The fur is a dark brown to black and as the animal becomes older, the tips of the hair become frosted. The male’s hair is coarser; therefore the female pelts are more desirable to the fur trapper.
Fishers will commonly travel 2-3 miles each day and while they are arboreal to some degree, most hunt and travel on the ground. They mark their territories and communicate with urine and gland secretions. Since becoming endangered the fishers have been reintroduced in West Virginia, New York, Idaho and Montana.
Written by Pauline Cameron & Katie Kemsley
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