Last night while taking care of a neighbors dog a young couple heard horrifying screams, the dog seemed spooked and they decided to stay near the house. After some video research they discovered the screams they heard were the calls of a fisher cat.
Fisher Cats have a reputation of being fierce, with large teeth and retractable claws they are aggressive hunters of small mammals. They are great climbers and can easily chase their prey up a tree. Fisher Cats reach up to 3 feet in length from tip to tail and weigh up to 16 pounds.
Although their diet includes porcupines, squirrels and mice, the Fisher Cat has been increasingly blamed for the disappearance of small domesticated cats and small dogs as they are easy prey. The Mass Wildlife agency reports two fisher cat once took down a deer together.
Mass Wildlife authorities advise residents to take precautions, including keeping rabbit hutches secured, securing chicken coops and keeping cats inside at dusk and dawn, when the animals are more likely to be hunting for prey.
If you are hearing strange noises which sound like screeching or a small child screaming, you may have a fisher cat nearby.
I wouldn’t recommend approaching a fisher cat.
Image from fishercatscreech