|The missing link! ...Or just a startled fisher.|
|Young fisher kits!|
|"Pekan" is an indigenous name; don't try to make pie with one.|
Outside the mating season, fishers are solitary creatures that establish habitats of about eight square miles, with little overlap for individuals of the same sex. This means that in the whole Hassanamesit Woods area of Grafton, you might only see a single male and a single female! See if your local New England pine forest has fishers around. They spend most of their time on the ground (NOT in trees) and are most active during the "crepuscular" hours - sunrise and sunset. To learn more cool facts about fishers, check out the "Mammalian Species" journal article that I got most of my information from and an info pamphlet on fishers from the Massachusetts government. Of course, Google and YouTube have great stuff too!
What a great day in the woods. Maybe I'll go again soon, wait with coffee and an MP3 player, and try to get better photos. The experience just goes to show how close new experiences are to your own home!