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Old 10-02-2006, 07:23 AM
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I'm in New England and have come across a small problem. I saw a fisher cat in my back yard a few weeks ago. The problem is that I have 2 relatively small dogs, also.
I have done a small amount of searching on fishers (they are in the weasel family, closely related to wolverines). I know they will sometimes eat domestic housecats and have been known to attack dogs.
My friend who is an armchair wildlife expert says they will only attack dogs if cornered.
I would like for all of us to live in harmony. Does anyone have any input or suggestions?
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Old 10-02-2006, 09:29 AM
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Howdy rascalsmom .

I don't know about the behavior of a fisher cat and if they would attack dogs. I
would think that they only defend and not attack, but you never know.

It reminds me of the time I lived up north at the Mississippi where there was
an eagle conversation area. There were over 300 eagles right where I lived.

I have a small dog and I was not able to let her out on her own ever. One
time we walked up the hill and just saw the shadow of the eagle coming
down. Thankfully my husband reacted and threw himself over our dog..the
eagle got him in the neck! It was just a scratch, nothing serious, but we sure
had our scare for the day.

So I would suggest being as careful as you can with your dogs, better safe
than sorry. There is just no way to predict an animal's behavior.
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Old 10-02-2006, 10:30 AM
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There are a few reasons they might attack people, dogs, other animals:

1. Rabid
2. Protecting nearby babies
3. Cornered as was mentioned

Keep an eye out there in your yard, go out without the dogs too and have a look around
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Old 10-02-2006, 04:22 PM
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Adding to Micheal's list

4. Protecting their food
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Old 10-02-2006, 07:32 PM
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Thank you so much for your warm welcome and advice.
I never let the dogs out alone.

It's really a beautiful animal. I just don't want it entangled with my dogs.
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Old 10-02-2006, 07:41 PM
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Is there any possibility that you can take a picture of him and post it here?
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Old 10-03-2006, 07:54 AM
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I can try. It's a shy animal and I have only seen him around dusk. I hear him at night.

I found some basic information on them here

Fishers in NY state

Interestingly enough, after seeing the fisher and doing a little research on it, I found out it has been widely trapped for fur (much like it's cousin the mink). Not only that, but it is being driven out of it's natural wooded environment by new development (which is probably how one came to reside in my back yard).
I would like to do something to help preserve the habitat of these and other indigenous animals, but I don't even know where to start.
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