Saturday, July 19, 2014

Have You Ever Heard a Fisher Cat?

Fisher Cats
Have you ever heard one scream?!

We have.  It's quite frightening. In the middle of the night, with the forest all dark and still, it sounds like a woman being attacked, screaming for her life.

From the DEC:

"The fisher, also known as the 'fisher cat', is a large, dark, long-haired member of the weasel family. Their stature is relatively low to the ground, with short legs, small ears and a well-furred tail. The color of their fur varies from dark brown to nearly black. ...

Fishers have large, wide feet with five toes on each foot and semi-retractable claws. This makes them well adapted for walking on snow, climbing trees and grasping and killing prey. They are capable of rotating their hind feet nearly 180º, which allows for a headfirst descent from trees. As with all members of the weasel family, both sexes have large anal scent glands which may be used to mark territories or attract potential mates."

So what do they sound like!  Absolutely blood curdling!  Listen to this and imagine it reverberating through the woods that surround your home: