Fisher Martes pennanti (Erxleben, 1777)Western MD only  
Kingdom Animalia   >   Phylum Chordata   >   Class Mammalia   >   Order Carnivora   >   Family Mustelidae   >   Genus Martes   

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"Historically, fisher populations in eastern North America extended from Canada through the Northeastern states and throughout the Appalachian mountains as far south as Tennessee. By the early 1900s the fisher had been extirpated from Maryland and other central and southern Appalachian states. During 1969, the West Virginia Division of Wildlife Resources initiated a fisher reintroduction project. Twenty three fishers were obtained from New Hampshire and were released at 2 sites in West Virginia. Fifteen animals were released on Canaan Mountain in Tucker County, and the remaining 8 animals were released near Cranberry Glades in Pocahontas County. By 1972, West Virginia's introduced fisher population had expanded sufficiently to support a legal harvest season in West Virginia. In Maryland, fishers are primarily found in the western region, particularly in areas with old growth forests." (MD DNR)

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Fishers prey on small mammals and birds, but are well known for their ability to prey upon North American Porcupines.

There are 12 records in the project database.

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A juvenile Fisher in Garrett Co., Maryland (6/25/2014). Photo by Fred Shaffer. (MBP list)

A juvenile Fisher in Garrett Co., Maryland (6/25/2014). Photo by Fred Shaffer. (MBP list)

A juvenile Fisher in Garrett Co., Maryland (6/25/2014). Photo by Fred Shaffer. (MBP list)

A juvenile Fisher in Garrett Co., Maryland (6/25/2014). Photo by Fred Shaffer. (MBP list)

A juvenile Fisher in Garrett Co., Maryland (6/25/2014). Photo by Fred Shaffer. (MBP list)

A Fisher documented by an eMammal camera trap in Frederick Co., Maryland (11/8/2013). Photo by eMammal . (MBP list)

A Fisher caught on camera during a Golden Eagle project in Allegany Co., Maryland (2015). Photo by MD DNR Wildlife & Heritage Service. (MBP list)


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