I was not very familiar with this animal, so I decided to do a blog posting.
Males and females look similar. Adult males are 35–47 inches long and weigh 8–13 pounds. Adult females are 30–37 inches long and weigh 4–6 pounds. The fur of the fisher varies seasonally, being denser and glossier in the winter. During the summer, the color becomes more mottled, as the fur goes through a moulting cycle. The fisher prefers to hunt in full forest. Though an agile climber, it spends most of its time on the forest floor, where it prefers to forage around fallen trees. An omnivore, the fisher feeds on a wide variety of small animals and other things. It prefers the snowshoe hare and is one of the few animals able to prey successfully on porcupines. Despite its common name, the fisher rarely eats fish. Fishers are generalist predators. In addition to preying on snowshoe hare and porcupine, they are also known to eat insects, nuts, berries, and mushrooms. Since they are solitary hunters, their choice of prey is limited by their size. Analyses of stomach contents and scat have found evidence of birds, small mammals, and even moose and deer—the latter two indicating that they are not averse to eating carrion. Fishers have been seen to feed on deer carcasses While the behavior is not common, fishers have been known to kill larger animals, such as wild turkey, bobcat, and lynx.
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