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Length: 84 cm – 1.2m, Weight: Males 2.7-5.4 kg, Females 1.4-3.2 kg. Like other Mustelids (weasels, otters, mink etc.), Fisher have a long slender body and a luxuriant pelage (fur). The coat is dense, dark brown to black with white tipped areas around the shoulders and back giving it a “grizzled” appearance. The tail is long and bushy, the face pointed, ears rounded, legs strong and short with heavy claws for climbing and digging. Front and rear feet have five digits, with a C-shaped palm pad curving away from the toes. The track pattern is similar to Mink and Marten but larger. Prints are wider than long, 5 cm wide on dirt, to more than 6.7 cm on snow, claws visible. As with other members of the weasel family Fisher have a gait that results in the hind foot overlapping with the front, resulting in twin paw prints one slightly ahead of the other. An agile climber, tracks may end abruptly at the base of a tree.

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Blue (Considered to be of Special Concern)

Similar Species

The smaller and more common Pacific and American Marten (Martes caurina/M.americana)which overlap in range with the Fisher are the species' most often mistaken for the Fisher. The largest member of the mustelid family, the Wolverine overlaps in habitat with the Fisher, and while significantly larger and less arboreal may also be misidentified as a Fisher.


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