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Fisher Scat

Contrary to their name, fishers seldom eat fish.  While they prey on a wide range of animals and even plants, their preference is for small mammals (80% of their diet), snowshoe hares and porcupines.  Because fishers are well equipped to kill porcupines, and because there is little competition for them, porcupines are an important prey of fishers –up to 35% of fisher diet samples contain the remains of porcupines, as this photograph of fisher scat attests to.  There is no mistaking the bumpy porcupine foot pads (and quills)!

3 responses

  1. fascinating!

    April 9, 2012 at 2:28 pm

  2. After the close-up of the porcupine’s hind foot in a previous post, it’s amazing to see it in scat.

    April 9, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    • I hoped that this post would be more interesting following the actual foot pad photo, even if people are not particularly interested in examining scat!

      April 9, 2012 at 8:22 pm

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