What is a fisher cat look like?
The fisher exhibits the typical “weasel” shape with a long, slender body, short legs, and furred tail. It has a pointed face with large, rounded ears set close to the head. It is well adapted for climbing and has sharp, retractable claws similar to those of a domestic cat.
Are fisher cats actual cats?
Despite commonly being referred to as “fisher cats,” a fisher is not a feline nor do they catch fish. Fishers (Martes pennanti) are the second-largest member of the weasel family found in Massachusetts, after the North American River Otter.
How rare is a fisher cat?
Fisher Cat Population
It is estimated that around 100,000 fishers still remain in the wild. With the decline of the fur trade and the restoration of some parts of its former habitat, the prospects for the fisher have improved considerably, but it still may be under threat in certain areas of North America.