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Fisher (Martes pennanti)
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Fisher (Martes pennanti)

General Information: Fishers (Martes pennanti) are big weasels (size of a dog). The head and body are about 2 feet long, and the tail adds another foot. The body is long and thin, and the legs are short. The fur is reddish brown with a bit of frosting, especially on the head and shoulders.

Taxonomy: Order Carnivora: Carnivores; Family Mustelidae, Weasels

Breeding: Breeds in the spring (March to May) and give birth about 1 year later.

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Diet: Fishers are carnivores; they eat anything they can catch (mice, birds, rabbits, etc.) or find dead (deer), plus they eat fruit and berries when available.

Range: Fishers are creatures of the great northern forest (taiga), but they extend south in the northern Rocky Mountains and in the Sierra-Cascade mountain ranges.

Where to Find: Don't look for Fishers around Las Vegas. Rather, look for them in Canada, or if you are really lucky, in the mountains of California, Oregon, and Washington.

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Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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