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Classic Fisher Sign

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Fishers are one of the most rewarding mammals to track as they leave so many signs. One of the most common ones, other than their tracks, is their scent posts. This is where a fisher rubs itself, anointing the substrate with its scent as it marks its territory. Young saplings often serve this purpose. The fisher rubs and rolls on a young tree, often a conifer, usually breaking a few branches.

If you see a scraggly-looking sapling in the woods, and there are fisher tracks nearby, examine the sapling closely for fisher hairs that often get caught on the branches when a fisher rubs against them. More often than not, the fisher will also mark the tree with a bit of scat or some urine. Fishers are very adept at controlling the amount of feces they leave, often excreting very small portions as markers throughout their travels.

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3 responses

  1. Laurie Spry

    This is so cool! If it wasn’t blizzarding out today I’d go back to the 3-foot high larch I saw ‘vandalized’ on the farm the other day – I was wondering why anyone would damage it like that – can’t wait to look for hairs if it isn’t buried!

    February 9, 2017 at 9:34 am

  2. Alice Pratt

    Anointing a Charlie Brown Christmas Tree. Clever Fishers, that they can stop mid 💩

    February 9, 2017 at 1:41 pm

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