Fisher (Martes pennanti)

Order: Carnivora, Family: Mustelidae

Appearance/Behavior:  This large (75 – 120 cm) chestnut brown member of the weasel family often has a slightly frosted appearance to the fur on the head and shoulder region (blue arrow).   The fisher is the most elongate of the compost visitors.   Its long tail (red arrow) is often slightly darker than the general body coloration.  Fishers are typically solitary foragers on the compost piles, but on rare occasions are seen in pairs.

Relative Frequency of Visitation in Study: Infrequent.

Seasonal Activity: Year-round.

Daily Activity:  Primarily nocturnal.

Similar Species:  Its size, coloration, and elongate body form set the fisher apart from other compost visitors.

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