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1/13/2016 8:59 pm  #1


Fishers?

Has anyone ever seen a Fisher in the Park?  From what I understand these guys can get quite large and are pretty nasty.  Just curious...

 

1/13/2016 10:35 pm  #2


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I've seen 2 Fishers in the wild. One in Charleston Lake PP about 8 years ago. I was paddling it was swimming. The second time was this fall in Frontenac PP. It took one look at me turned and scurried away. Pretty rare sightings. Certainly not aggressive or nasty encounters. Beautiful animal! Pine Martins are Bruce Banner. Fishers the Hulk. Except not green.

 

1/14/2016 5:48 am  #3


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I've seen many but none in the park.  I have quite a few around the house, but the closest I've seen them to APP is west on highway 124.

 

1/15/2016 6:11 am  #4


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Hi Steve,
I came within about 10 feet of one in APP while I was hiking the Western Uplands Trail in 2012. It was clinging to a dead tree in a swampy area and was situated marginally higher than my eye-level. It just glared at me as I kept walking past it, and I was a bit spooked out by it. I'm pretty sure I saw one from a distance two days earlier on that same trek as well. I haven't seen one since.
Cheers,
Rich

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1/15/2016 10:20 am  #5


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Great question Steve , that is one elusive critter . Have seen more wolves in the park than fishers . Plenty of tracks in the Winter , but only one sighting , years ago as a teenager on a Barron Canyon trip with me pa and brothers .

Funny enough Steve , had a fisher come through the yard last night . The feral cat I've been feeding the last seven months has not been seen for two weeks . Have read fishers feed on cats in rural settings .
http://i1205.photobucket.com/albums/bb425/JAConnelly/DSC02015%20Large.jpg


There is some good footage of a fisher on this amazing video uploaded by Kevin Jeffery , check out the 5:10 mark .
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e60bKt27ZdY



 

 

1/15/2016 1:36 pm  #6


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A couple of years ago in Horseshoe Valley, a fisher was taking out cats on a regular basis!  They are relatively common in nearby Copeland Forest.  When I say common, I mean I may see one there every year, but more often just tracks.

 

1/15/2016 1:43 pm  #7


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So are they generally larger than say a Pine Marten?  I think I may have seen one in Killarney a few years back and I seem to recall it being a fair bit larger (I actually thought it was a bear as it was peeking around half way up a tree).

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1/15/2016 3:09 pm  #8


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John Connelly wrote:

There is some good footage of a fisher on this amazing video uploaded by Kevin Jeffery , check out the 5:10 mark .
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e60bKt27ZdY
 

Great video. Notice the hiker with the coke can at the very end?  BUSTED!


Dave
 

1/15/2016 4:44 pm  #9


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Steve , have long been fascinated by them , and yah , they are quite a bit larger and darker in colour , as in mink dark brown to black , with some having silver back colour variations  . 
Much longer in the leg than a marten . Have seen prints in snow where they are in stride and distance between is three to four feet . They can lope like a wolverine and clear fences like a deer .

 

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1/15/2016 4:50 pm  #10


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I went back through my old pics and found a pic of that animal I saw in Killarney.  Looks like a Fisher to me?  I recall it being pretty darn big!  John thanks for that video link that was awesome!

http://i68.tinypic.com/dbqfli.jpg

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1/15/2016 5:00 pm  #11


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Yep, that's a Fisher.

 

1/15/2016 5:46 pm  #12


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I saw one of those up at Maple Leaf Lake around 2009. It was in a tree just as this one is. At the time my guess was it was a badger. I distinctly remember the little bear-like ears.


Dave
 

1/15/2016 5:57 pm  #13


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I was fortunate to have one encounter with a Fisher a few years ago at the end of the portage from Booth to Ryegrass, (doing a loop through Godda. and back via McCarthy). He/She wasn't threatening at all. Stopped to check me out and wasn't any further than 10-15 feet from me as we encountered each other then scampered along it's way. Wasn't fast enough to get a photo but it was a  experience that I'll never forget.

 

1/15/2016 6:05 pm  #14


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Great shot Steve !  As Martin said , that fer sure is a fisher . They are clearly broader in the crown between the ears and lack the yellow/ blonde chest patch of pine martens .
Congrats on the Canadian Geographic acknowledgement , well deserved !
  ( Sorry folks fer the horendous spelling )

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1/15/2016 6:26 pm  #15


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I was on the Highlands backpacking trail this past summer heading back towards the parking lot and an animal was on the path ahead on me. At first I wondered why a house cat was on the trail and I assumed what I saw was a marten.  About an hour later, on the same trail, a similar looking animal ran up at me from the side bank and it hissed and looked at me for a few seconds.  It startled me because it didn't make much noise other than rustling in the leaves.  After checking out what others have posted and looking more online I think may be it was a fisher.  It was dark brown in colour with no other markings that I could see. 

 

1/15/2016 8:32 pm  #16


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Steve,
Funny you should mention that you originally thought the fisher may be a bear as I thought the exact same thing on my first sighting. From a distance, it can totally look like a cub peeking from around a tree (or in my case, over a log...)
Rich

 

1/18/2016 5:47 pm  #17


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I can't remember or dig up my source on this but I seem to remember reading that porcupines are less abundant in Algonquin (at least western Algonquin) than in unprotected areas, because of fishers being protected from trapping. So no trapping = more fishers = less porcupines.

 

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