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Fisher Landing

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Although capable of climbing trees, Fishers spend most of their time on the ground under dense woodland canopy. In the winter Fishers constantly leave sign while traveling two to three miles a day in search of squirrels, shrews, mice, voles, porcupines, hares and grouse, among other things, to eat. Beds at the base of trees, small saplings bitten, rubbed and rolled on, scat and urine marking – all are quite commonly encountered when following Fisher tracks. The Fisher sign I find quite elusive and therefore very rewarding to come upon is the imprint they make when they land in the snow after jumping down from a tree they’ve climbed. (Photo: landing imprint)

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15 responses

  1. Trish

    That’s a great photo. We are working on learning more about tracking. It would be a great help if you would include some sort of scale or mention the length of this and other imprints. We, and others we’ve shared with, enjoy your blog SO much.

    February 21, 2018 at 7:36 am

    • Hi Stephanie,
      The print you see is the body of a fisher, with the head at the top, front and hind feet discernible in the impression. It was looking and headed left, leaving foot prints at the top as it headed off.

      February 25, 2018 at 9:14 am

    • Thanks, Trish. Great idea (giving measrements). I’ll try to remember to do that, though I do not religiously measure the tracks I photograph (but should!)

      February 25, 2018 at 9:16 am

  2. What creates the “elongated” print of one foot. Thanks for the info.

    February 21, 2018 at 7:41 am

    • Stephanie Moffett Hynds

      Yes, I would love to understand a little better what exactly I am looking at, what this particular print tells us. Thank you so much.

      February 21, 2018 at 9:45 am

    • Hi Barbara,
      I’m assuming you are referring to the left hind foot. The right hind foot is just as long, but part of it is beneath the snow and not evident.

      February 25, 2018 at 9:17 am

  3. Alice Pratt

    It would be amazing to actually see a Fisher jump from a tree….from a safe distance.

    February 21, 2018 at 8:49 am

  4. Great photo! I love it and what a lucky chance to have seen it. Thanks so much for sharing this as it will be donkey years if ever I seen an imprint like this!

    February 21, 2018 at 10:47 am

  5. Horrible creatures! They will rip a domestic feline pet to shreds in short order! If you have pet 🐈 cats and Fishers anywhere nearby! May their paths never cross! 😢

    February 21, 2018 at 7:10 pm

    • Actually, research done on the contents of fisher stomachs reveal that cats are far from a primary source of food.

      February 23, 2018 at 8:32 am

      • Yeah, they like squirrels! I don’t know if they are interested in finishing off the feline for a meal, I just know what I saw done to my neighbors cat! 😢

        February 23, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    • Keep your cat indoors, it’s easy

      February 23, 2018 at 10:03 pm

      • Wasn’t my cat! My neighbors! Seems you are in favor of vicious creatures! They are no less vicious than a Badger or a Tasmanian Devil!

        February 24, 2018 at 5:09 am

  6. bbcsh

    Wishing I had a Martin near bird feeder to keep cats at bay.

    February 22, 2018 at 11:01 am

  7. Susan Fraser

    Really fine detail and another piece of information that I would not have thought about. Thank you for sharing. Fishers have been given a bad rap for just being who they are and are blamed for many things they don’t do. As musically said on the NH Public Radio program “Something Wild”, “It ain’t me, babe. It ain’t me you’re looking for”.

    February 22, 2018 at 11:14 am

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