Fisher – 1/23/22

Observer: Deborah Gilden

Observation Date: 1/23/22

Observation Time: 8:00 a.m.

Observation Location: Manns Pond & Billings St.

Common Name: Fisher

Scientific Name: Pekania pennanti

Comments: Fishers are sometimes referred to as fisher cats, but they do not fish and they are not cats. They are the second largest member of the weasel family in Massachusetts. Among members of the weasel family found in Massachusetts, only otters grow larger.  Males, which are larger than females, can reach 12 pounds in weight and over 3 feet in length.

On 3 September 2015, the scientific name of this animal was changed from: Martes pennanti to: Pekania pennanti.

Click HERE to hear what a fisher’s scream sounds like.

More Information: Mass Audubon