Fisher

Despite their name, they rarely eat fish; instead, their primary prey is porcupines and snowshoe hares

Pacific Southwest Region USFWS

Native to North America, fishers have a thin, long bodies low to the ground. They have a dense and glossy coat that varies from black to deep brown in the winter. During the summer, the fur will have a lighter shade. Their underside is entirely brown with random white or cream-colored patches. Large feet help them to move on top of snow by preventing them from sinking.

They are omnivores that feed on various small animals but consume insects, nuts, mushrooms, and berries. Their diet overlaps with the bobcat, so they compete for the same food. They shelter in hollow trees, logs, holes in the ground, and stumps while only maintaining a permanent den when raising the young.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Canada
2015
United States
2015

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No