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Old March 4th, 2016, 08:44 PM   #1
 
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A rare sighting.

I seen a rare thing today. I just happened to look about 200 yards down my drive way and see this dark object racing around in the tree's on the bank above my road. By the time I grab the Nikon Bino's Its running closer. At about 100 yards, Im thinking its a huge groundhog thats just came out of hibernation, and he's feeling his oats with all the running and such. All a sudden, it goes ripping up a huge butternut tree like a shot. then back down. There goes the groundhog theory. It runs several yards closer then goes ripping up the next big tree like a shot and stops in the top and just sits there. Now Im thinking HUGE house cat.
Now I get a good look cause he is out of the brush in the open of the tree top. Its a HUGE FisherCat. He played around like that for several minutes, and the wife & I are both watching it. Ive caught glimpses of them in the woods for a mili second before, but not a prolonged viewing like this. About the time I grab the camera, he goes tearing out across about a 75 yard field like a shot. I never did get a pic. I didnt realize those darn things could move so fast. It was moving faster than any house cat Ive ever seen.

A couple people I told were like " what the hell is that?" I said its like a souped up weasel on steroids. So heres a few pics of them.25saw_fisher-articleInline.jpg

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Old March 4th, 2016, 09:32 PM   #2
 
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Lots of people trap them for the fur. I heard this year wasn't a good year for fur prices because the main buyers of fur ( Russia and China ) have an economy that's getting worse, but I think they used to sell for around $100
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In some ways this animal looks like a wolverine!
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Our much beloved IDIOTS at the game commision turned a bunch of them loose, claiming they eat porcupine. They kill and eat everything but.
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Now THAT'S a cool sighting! I would have enjoyed that view. I've never seen one in the woods.
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We have them right in our neighborhood, too, but you don't see them that often. The Fisher is a native species for us. Very interesting animal. We also have otters, a related species, and see them on our lake quite often.
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They released them here some years back. But its very rare to see one. I am still trying to decide whether they are a good thing or bad. Weasels can be pretty destructive to native species. And I dont believe we needed another predator killing off native small game. Their damn coyotes already have done a fine job of that. Not to mention what theyve done to the deer population by killing the fawns. Other things the game wardens released didnt work out so good. Their track record on smart moves is about 100% negative.
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Speaking of porcupines, I had never seen one outside a zoo till I went deer hunting in northeast Wyoming north of Sundance. I sat on the side of what we call a deep gulley here in Oklahoma and watched a porcupine strip about a foot and a half tall strip of bark off a very tall cedar tree, all the way around it, about fifty feet in the air, maybe more. Anyway, I had no idea they were so destructive. I know larger predators eat them but I'd imagine they'd have to be very hungry to put up with the quills. The rancher we were hunting on wanted us to kill them but it was too early in the day to shoot. He also wanted us to kill every coyote we saw as he lost about 70 lambs every year to them. He truly hated both of those critters.
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Speaking of porcupines, I had never seen one outside a zoo till I went deer hunting in northeast Wyoming north of Sundance. I sat on the side of what we call a deep gulley here in Oklahoma and watched a porcupine strip about a foot and a half tall strip of bark off a very tall cedar tree, all the way around it, about fifty feet in the air, maybe more. Anyway, I had no idea they were so destructive. I know larger predators eat them but I'd imagine they'd have to be very hungry to put up with the quills. The rancher we were hunting on wanted us to kill them but it was too early in the day to shoot. He also wanted us to kill every coyote we saw as he lost about 70 lambs every year to them. He truly hated both of those critters.
Ive seen a few porcupines in the wood over the past 40 years of ALOT of hunting and woods time. They seem like several other species, rabbits being a good example. They come and go in waves. A couple years you wont see one, then you will see several in a short period. At least thats how its always seemed to work around my area. I never bothered the porcupines much. Their biggest threat is if your dog finds them. Then you have a dog with a snout full of quills. Ive had to deal with that a few times. Hog tie the dog, sit on him, have someone help hold him down, and start cutting off the ends and pulling them out. If they get quills in their tongue, thats the worst. We usually just box trap the porcupines and haul them out in the middle of nowhere and release them. They crave salt, and will chew a salt treated deck to pieces. We have used rock salt & fresh sawdust as bait in a box trap. Works great. Ive also heard that porcupine is really good eating, but Ive never tried it. I never had the erge to skin one.
And I kill every coyote I see, 24/7.
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Pretty neat critter to see. I've seen a couple in our neck of the woods.They do eat porcupines...but also rabbits, squirrels and other small rodents.
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Pretty neat critter to see. I've seen a couple in our neck of the woods.They do eat porcupines...but also rabbits, squirrels and other small rodents.
And cats,, dont fergit cats. ( one of ours went missing about 1 week before the sighting,, so ???? ) Who knows.

Yup, I'd think there are more up there in your neck of the woods, than we have here. You have some rather large open expanses of timber in you area.
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It's a Tasmanian bear cat devil weasel. Man, I don't know what to make of that critter, never seen anything like it but it looks like it likes to bite.
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Speaking of porcupines, I had never seen one outside a zoo till I went deer hunting in northeast Wyoming north of Sundance. I sat on the side of what we call a deep gulley here in Oklahoma and watched a porcupine strip about a foot and a half tall strip of bark off a very tall cedar tree, all the way around it, about fifty feet in the air, maybe more. Anyway, I had no idea they were so destructive. I know larger predators eat them but I'd imagine they'd have to be very hungry to put up with the quills. The rancher we were hunting on wanted us to kill them but it was too early in the day to shoot. He also wanted us to kill every coyote we saw as he lost about 70 lambs every year to them. He truly hated both of those critters.
From recent experience after buying a hunting property which already had a couple of stained sheds on it. Apparently the little varmints sniffed around and found that stain interesting so, they made taste tests along 20' x 1' of T1-11 of one other shed. When they walk they waddle. I swore that when next I saw one he would be wearing an internal lead (PB) necklace but, I get too much enjoyment watching wildlife in their living state.
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From recent experience after buying a hunting property which already had a couple of stained sheds on it. Apparently the little varmints sniffed around and found that stain interesting so, they made taste tests along 20' x 1' of T1-11 of one other shed. When they walk they waddle. I swore that when next I saw one he would be wearing an internal lead (PB) necklace but, I get too much enjoyment watching wildlife in their living state.
Try peeing on a piece of wood & laying it out for them. Then watch what happens. They will chew it to sawdust. NO KIDDING. We did that at camp to keep them from chewing the new salt treated deck. It worked for a while,, but in the end, we box trapped them and hauled them to a deserted area about 5 miles away. We ended up trapping 4 or 5 with a Tractor Supply box trap. . My brother even painted ones tail white, just to see if they were coming back. they were not. It was just like a porcupine herd moved in all at once, so we moved them out. Have not had any trouble since.
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