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Fishers Eating Fruit & Marking Territory

11-20-15 fisher scat 134When one thinks of fishers, meat-eating predators come to mind. While it is true that the fisher is a generalist, opportunistic hunter and scavenger, and feeds on any prey it can catch and kill (snowshoe hares, rabbits, squirrels and other small rodents, birds, bird eggs, smaller weasels, shrews, porcupines, raccoons, amphibians, reptiles, carrion and a very occasional cat or chicken), it also consumes fruit and nuts, especially when prey is scarce.

Given the amount of apples that are available this fall, even if prey isn’t hard to find, it is not too surprising to see fisher scat composed solely of apples at the base of this scent marking post (confirmed by fine fisher hairs at the very tip of the stump as well as scat).

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5 responses

  1. Al

    When my ex and I were living in Keene, we identified a few nearby stumps and mounds in the woods as regular fisher marking spots. First found by following tracks in snow, then verified by checking for scat even there was no snow, and finally getting photos with a trail cam. This stump looks like it could be a regular marking spot.

    November 20, 2015 at 8:46 am

    • Yes, it definitely is a regular marking spot – there was quite a bit of old scat there in addition to the fresh apple scat!

      November 20, 2015 at 8:54 am

  2. Wallie Hammer

    Hi Mary,
    That scat reminds me of that strange scat I sent you a photo of awhile back- it was full of bittersweet berries and was left on a branch- at the time we couldn’t figure out what left it- could it have been a fisher?

    November 21, 2015 at 9:39 am

    • Hi Wallie,
      I suppose it could have been, but I just looked at your photo again, and it is so round I rather doubt it. Fisher scat is usually long, thin, dark and twisted, but as my blog photo shows, this isn’t always the case…so maybe? but probably not…

      November 21, 2015 at 10:10 am

    • p.s. It is a strange location for a fisher scat, too.

      November 21, 2015 at 10:10 am

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