You could see the animal while it was vocalizing and were sure it was not the cat? Now I have not seen more than one or two. Indeed, we might well end up destroying ourselves, but is that a reason to accept self destruction as a given? It seems that people don’t really know what to make of this predatory canine. I don’t believe there has ever been a credible report of a person actually seeing a fisher scream. I have to say, that if I had NOT seen it i would have not believed it. Whatever you want to call it, scat, or s**t for “common parlance”, Crusty plopped a big one on us, then skittered back into his burrow for safety. These Connecticut states reflect the state's laws on the keeping of wild animals. I’ve known people who raise chickens to take losses and most every other month some poor missing kitty’s picture is placed on a telephone pole or in the town bulletin board. I live very rural and mice are a severe problem. Looked very well fed. I thought it looked like a large weasel, but I had never seen anything like it before. It paced up and down the street screaming as it looked for her. Nevertheless, the fox stayed right behind the fisher, nipping at its tail all the way. The stage was set for plenty of disastrous run-ins. “History of Norwich, Connecticut”. Domestic cats are more destructive to the local ecosystem. That’s what makes us all different. I felt bad he was in the road so I found 2 large sticks to lift him and move him. But the “forest” in their former range is now fragmented and dominated by suburban development, so they are forced to either adapt to suburbia, or die. These fisher’s are awful…. We do have fisher cats in our area. We may have done away with all of the wolves and cougars, eliminated most of the bears and bobcats, and slaughtered the bulk of rattlesnakes… but the humble Poison Ivy is too wide-spread and too resilient to succumb to the same clumsy efforts of extermination to which other trail-side terrors fell. “sound a bit creepy.” HA! I’ve studied them for years and still cannot figure them out. They don’t scream. Bent the front fender trim out 90 degrees. Weird thing is, my cat ran toward it the other day and it was not explainable! Fishers do scream and makeFishers do scream and make noises like someone is being murdered. I did get a photograph of the cat but it wasn’t very clear because of the lack of morning light. Its the over populating humans who are making things crowded here on this planet. well lets just say i have alot of posters of these animals so i love yhem. Fishers large enough to make an easy meal of a cat or small dog are probably few and far between. We’re all animals Dave. Sorry, I totally agree with Scott. Is there something I could put in the yard that would deter him from coming around without hurting any other animals? When we came into the house, I googled fischer screams and we now know that we have a fischer wandering our property. Have not heard him since. A Woman in Boxford Ma. I subscribe to blogs like this just so I can keep abreast of the sorts of nonsense people bandy about, regarding wildlife, and throw in a comment every now and again. He kicked the crap out of both of them at the same time. He tried kicking it off the dog and when that didn’t work, he had to pry it’s jaws apart. only steroidal ….in all senses. Bobcat. I wish I had been warned before I lost some of my dearest pets to a very violent death. We humans are predators, too, we make horrifying screams, and kill billions of animals every year for food. Rob from RI: Which sound clip was it like? I love my cats, but cannot call for open season on a key niche predator. forgot about the turkeys. The white road line at about 4 inches wide provides scale, so we can see that the size is right for a fisher. Living in Oxford, ct on the edge of about 100 wooded acres, we see / hear our fair share of wildlife and never have we seen or had any contact with a fisher. During winter, though, roving pairs of these canines will target larger prey such as deer, a plentiful food source in Connecticut. I came by a dead animal in the road yesterday-face missing and mangled. I have personally seen and heard a Fisher Scream on quite a few occasions. Get a grip folks. FisherFYI There is zero evidence over decades that Fishers eat cats or scream. It’s still a dog-eat-cat world no matter how benign we have lulled ourselves into thinking it is. This news was shocking to retired biologist Bob Bancroft who knows that coyotes tend to be shy creatures, but who also had his own run-in with one in the past. P.S. That Fisher that was pacing back and forth in my driveway and screaming, #150, even had different vocalizations when they were mating years ago in the woods near my house. These days, wolves and cougars are of no concern to Connecticut hikers. fisher catsno B.S about it have had many encounters with fishers they are killing machines.i have trapped for over 40 years and have hunted with hounds just as long and have weighed dead fisher and some males will go thirty pounds. Here is the clip of the noises I heard coming from the fisher at in the neighbors yard. When a cat goes missing and there is no evedence of Fisher attack it was more likely a Coyote. Im glad to say that Fisher are now repopulating their historical range. Dusty is long gone by now…and he certainly showed us….he’s not coming back for rebuttal! If the Fisher’s on your property you can kill it any time you wish – you’re protecting your territory. In the last two and a half weeks, three of my cats have gone missing. Poisonous plants can be dangerous, especially if you don't know they're there. You have the opportunity to protect yours… Best of Luck and God Bless, Sue: Yes indeed! This turkey captured in Enfield is just out for a light jog. When I got to where it had run across it smelled “skunky”. I had one of these creatures wake me up a 2am the other night. We manage to be civil and even friends. We were in awe. If so, please enlighten. But when you consider that they once numbered in the tens of thousands in our state (if not more), the remaining population could nearly be termed a “wild museum exhibit”. lol … What we do now doesn’t really affect us, it affects our kids and their kids so screw them, who cares if they cant breathe or grow non poisonous food or have clean water, I need a damn Mansion and a cool sports car now damnit!!! We thought for sure it was a fisher. He easily weighed about 30-35lbs. A male’s territory might overlap somewhat with those of a few females, but males generally don’t overlap with other males, and females usually don’t overlap with other females. There are a lot of really wacky stories on here, tails of fishercats attacking a car or a grown adult male…wacky and just about as unbelieveable as you can get. your dog cant leave but other animals (kids) can come in and get bit or bite your pet. I know george bush might not approve but you can learn a lot about natural history. …Oh another interesting note (that I didn’t see anyone mention). all this while i was sitting in my car with the windows open talking on the phone A rabbit isn’t being murdered everynight let alone twice every night. In no way am I saying that wildlife is to blame for Enzo’s misfortune and near death experience. The youtube video you link to sounds like a fox to me, but you cannot see the animal, so we’ll never know for sure. It seemed to move quickly. I went over there after getting protection and found a pile of fur. Domestic cats. Mink, fisher … they’re all furry and have pointy teeth, right? I recently moved to the waterbury/cheshire line in CT. They were going crazy trying to get at him. How many children are injured by fishers each year? It screamed over and over until it walked out of hearing range. :/. I’ve heard strange unrecognizable screams in the night for years – the first time we heard it we thought it was an animal snagged in a trap or something – my fiancé sent me out in the middle of the night to look for an animal in distress. And that they do scream(I have heard it) And that in the wild they could reach 46lbs. They do scream. I’ve seen four dead this spring on the road. There were an abundance of squirrels, both black and grey, and they’ve thinned out quite a bit. Fishers have run out of porcupines,and raccoon’s, they are indeed eating whatever they can catch. you just didn’t bother to do ACTUAL research. Here's a list of the 3 most common poisonous plants in Connecticut. The Connecticut Office of Legislative Research released a report in 2007 that estimated the state’s bear population to be roughly 300. The rest of you need to stay on your meds, and go to a different site with those of your kind. Time – I love your story. Roughly 70% to 85% of people are susceptible to urushiol, resulting in hundreds of thousands of victims in North America each year. I do believe he lives in there, at least for now. Thank you DEP. Humans are just smarter. I later homed in on the two dog owners, one of whom was very responsible, but that particular day the dog had escaped its enclosure presumably when the other, free-roaming one, egged it on. Obviously the one they saw. If people took the time to learn about local predators (and not from Joe six-pack) not only would they not live in this manic fear their pets would be safer and their own lives would be enriched and more interesting. He lives in Manchester. I value the information given by the folks here who have learned from experience the behaviors of Fisher Cats they have encountered, and took the time to share. Nonetheless, this is one predator you need not fear. Yes, fishers are wild animals and in the right combination of circumstances could potentially be dangerous, but keeping pets contained and monitored and by using a little common sense, they are an incredible addition to our wildlife population. I found myself wishing I had my camera. Good luck. Made Me want to jump in bed and pull the covers over My head!! It will be future generations. We had no idea they made that kind of sound. A couple minutes later, the fox returned to pursue the fisher. The white-tailed deer, whose numbers were once seriously depleted, are now extremely populous. Mary Beth, I admire your effort to educate people but it doesn’t work, trust me. A few squirrels stay year round in our cities, parks, and back yards due to us feeding them. Besides, dead weight is actual weight. I Have hunted all over the country, and Coyote are a detriment to livestock out west no so much here. Half the animals end up suffering and diening in the woods and not being used. Most predatory animals do not scream when attacking (it scares off prey). It was weird. The reintroduction of Bison into YS has caused sustainability problems for the Bison. Some day you will hear one. One of these little bastardsOne of these little bastards raped and killed the neighbours the other night; took them while they were asleep, all six of them, there wasn’t much of a struggle but a whole lot of blood and gore! As it started to walk around to the drivers side we turned a bit and drove away baffled by what we just saw. Yup, they do kinda scream. By the way we were going to leave him once we saw what he was. Karen, I don’t mean to attack you but I want to turn around your opinion on this fisher issue. There are missing cats (my neighbor’s pets). Next day I went looking for tracks in fresh snow. Neither Connecticut law nor the ADA cover what some people call “emotional support animals”: animals whose presence provides a sense of safety, companionship, and comfort to those with psychiatric or emotional conditions. He then heard the screaming of the fisher cat and ran over there. Better for the fisher to lurk and try to get the young when parents are away on a hunt. Please get a grip and learn to tolerate other species. They make turkey sounds. I’ve only seen one Copperhead in my entire life, basking in the Sun beside a small pond at which I would fish as a child. Keep your cats and dogs in side, especially at dusk. Fishers screamI wish I could send your know it all ass a video of mine screaming because he doesn’t wanna take a bath….tell me where to send the video smart ass. I had never heard a fisher cat before and both my fiance and I were wondering what the noise was. Hide the women and children. Do you? never ever seen one of these until Sunday x3 ..scary. These are small animals- Pony is very safe from fishers Susan. I went out on the deck and looked in the trees to locate the screamer. I wish I could post these pics of tracks. The rear wheel ran over the extended paw. That would be a mink. It is about the size of a large cat, had a somewhat small head, short haired coat that is a pretty shiny black and brown mix. Slowly back away and leave the rattler to its own. Scott, thank you for sharing your opinion. I am sorry but these Fisher Cats are out of control in our area and a something needs to be done. One day I looked out and the Fisher was dragging it self up our driveway.. it had been hit by a car and was trying to get to the barn.. That would be my guess too. http://digital.library.cornell.edu/cgi/t/text/pageviewer-idx?c=nwen;cc=nwen;q1=wolf;rgn=full%20text;idno=nwen0007-1;didno=nwen0007-1;view=image;seq=0060, DEP: Mashomoquet Brook State Park The fox trotted away but then, scanning the area with 10X binoculars, I saw in that same area a brown animal balled up in a sapling that was bent over from the weight. For better or worse, one can hardly deny that Connecticut trails are some of the safest in the nation. Two things I’ve learned is, when feeling set upon they will fight to the death. That’s ridiculous. All our bunnies have disappeared these last several years. OK you two. “Semi-retractable” would therefore be more accurate. We have Maltise’s and we will be very careful about their potty routines. We also have no racoons, skunks or oppossums. 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