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Wildlife Encounter With A Fisher

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Suddenly the peace of darkness was shattered by a bloodcurdling screech behind the rock that sent shivers through my body. I spun my 30.06 around to face the creature that might come bounding over the rocks toward me.

1It was pitch black in the Vermont woods while I waited for the dawn of deer opener. From my perch I was above a valley that would funnel deer. A handmade blind stretched between two trees camouflaging me while my back was against some large boulders. There was a fresh snow on the ground where I deposited deer urine to bring in the bucks. The blasting screech on the other side of the rocks was a fisher cat attracted to the doe urine that I had laid down. The nocturnal fisher was screeching a mating call misinterpreting deer urine for another fisher. I whistled a long blast and followed by a silence, the fisher gradually departed the scene, undoubtedly disappointed. When dawn came, the fisher was gone and I saw a nice buck in the valley and downed him with my 30.06.

The fisher (Martes pennant) is a ferocious predator that lives in the deep forest and is rarely seen except at night. Its nocturnal screech sounds like someone crying for help. Trappers take the fisher for its fine fur. It is the largest of the mustelids that include the weasels, mink, otter and skunk.

The fisher cat has a pointed face similar to the weasel and retracted claws make them excellent climbers. The dark brown to black fur shines and some individuals have patches on the chest or abdomen. Their screech- like cry is used to attract mates and sometimes they shriek before killing prey. The fisher commonly eats porcupine, grouse, turkey, poultry, rabbits, domestic cats and other small mammals.

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Ironically, the fisher cat doesn’t eat fish despite its name, but the name comes from French trappers who called their pelts “fichet”. The fisher is found in Southern Alaska, throughout Canada, California to Maine and the Rocky Mts, any of the northern forests.

The solitary Fisher cat roams the forest areas at night in the summer and sometimes in the day during the winter. Fisher cats breed in Feb to March but have delayed implantation, similar to bears, with fertilized eggs that lay dormant for 10-11 months then eggs implant to uterine wall. Kits are born after 1 ½ months with a litter of 1-4. Fishers are mature at 1yr and females produce their first litter at age 2. Dens are located in tree holes where the female protects and nurses the kits for 4 months. By 5 months the kits are the same size as the adults and killing prey. By late summer, the kits leave and become solitary hunters. The female covers 10 square miles in a circuit, while the male has a 30 mile circuit returning within a week to its first area.

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The screech is what most people remember about their first encounter with a fisher, while many people enter internet forums with recordings to find out what animal made that screech. If a fisher comes up close to you and lets off a screech, you will never forget it.   By Kathleen Kalina

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Wolf Pack Encounter

Wolves are not dogs and whether they are a pack of wolves or dogs they are dangerous when grouped together.  As most of us know, wolves are causing havoc on wild game populations, not to mention what they do to domestic animals.

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As most of us know, wolves are causing havoc on wild game populations, not to mention what they do to domestic animals.

Thankfully, these animals now have a hunting season in most states where they live. But there are still people trying to stop wolf hunting and trapping in problem states. Unfortunately, they sometimes win those battles.

Perhaps those that are trying to save the “innocent” wolves should be placed in the same situation as this hunter; watch as he is surrounded by wolves while elk hunting.

By Jason Houser

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Birdhouse That Looks Like a Security Camera

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The CCTV Birdhouse is a birdhouse that looks just like a CCTV security camera, and is sure to keep those pesky criminals away, and keep those beautiful loving birds nearby. Now you can live life large knowing that not only are you deterring thieves, rapists, and teenagers from entering your lawn, but with each “camera” you install on your house, a new family of birds gets a new home.

 The CCTV birdhouse is made from durable yet lightweight weatherproof poly resin, is hand painted, is supported by hanging it up by a rope, string, or twine of your choosing, and measures 16cm x 12cm x 25cm.

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Squirrel Bungee Cord Feeder

Squirrel Bungee Cord Feeder

 

 
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Posted by on January 17, 2016 in Wawang Lake Resort, Wildlife

 

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Birdhouse That Looks Like a CCTV Security Camera

birdhouse-that-looks-like-a-cctv-security-camera-1093

The CCTV Birdhouse is a birdhouse that looks just like a CCTV security camera, and is sure to keep those pesky criminals away, and keep those beautiful loving birds nearby. Now you can live life large knowing that not only are you deterring thieves, rapists, and teenagers from entering your lawn, but with each “camera” you install on your house, a new family of birds gets a new home.

 The CCTV birdhouse is made from durable yet lightweight weatherproof poly resin, is hand painted, is supported by hanging it up by a rope, string, or twine of your choosing, and measures 16cm x 12cm x 25cm.

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Squirrel Bungee Cord Feeder

Squirrel Bungee Cord Feeder

 

 
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Posted by on August 2, 2015 in Wawang Lake Resort, Wildlife

 

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Beaver Attack

A fisherman on a trip with two friends to Lake Shestakov in Balarus bled to death after being attacked by a beaver when he tried to get a close-up photo of the rodent.

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According to a NY Daily News story, the angler spotted the animal on the side of the road and decided to take a photo. The beaver pounced and bit the man’s thigh, severing an artery, which caused him to bleed out.The victim was not identified in the story.   His friend reportedly tried to stop the bleeding, but couldn’t.

You might remember a story from last summer about a Boy Scout troop that had to pelt a rabid beaver to death with rocks after it attacked their troop leader. Usually when a beaver attacks a human it’s rabid, but the story about the Belarus attack doesn’t say one way or the other.

Have any of you ever gotten into a scrape with a rabid animal?

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Posted by on July 26, 2015 in Wawang Lake Resort, Wildlife

 

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