Sunday, October 03, 2010

What the freak was that! (A Fisher actually)



Robin and I were driving down Lord Ellis the other day and I had to slow down to avoid running over a strange animal. This animal was nearly 6' long from tail to snout and nearly took a whole lane and looked like either a mink or a ferret. We both discussed what this could be and neither had seen this animal in the wild. I brought this up to a person well versed in animals in the North Coast wild and he congratulated me on witnessing a "Fisher". A very rare sighting he said in Humboldt County. It seems just a few years back that I had seen very few possum and now they are all over the place. Any others out there seen these "Fishers?"

5 comments:

kymk said...

Wow, lucky guy! I've never seen one.

lodgepole said...

I saw one in the Willow Creek area not long ago. The locals I spoke with weren't surprised at all. According to them there is a healthy population in those parts and beyond. It was news to me.

Anonymous said...

You can't eat them Richard, so calm down.

49er said...

Richard
You forgot to mention how really beautiful a Fisher is. They are rare very rare and I have only seen one in my many years in the woods. I have spoken with wild life biologists that have studied Fishers for years and never seen one in the wild.

lodgepole said...

I was talking with a friend recently who said he saw one up in a tree, with a baby on its back.