Fisher Cat Attacks Child at Bus Stop

Kid walking to bus stop attacked by a fisher cat

Fisher Cat Attack – Department of Environmental Management Officials are searching for a fisher cat that attacked a 6-year-old boy on Karen Drive in Hopkinton, Rhode Island on Monday June 22, 2009.

Police say the boy was waiting for the bus with his mother and other kids, when the 20-to-25 pound animal appeared. The mother told the animal attacked when the group started walking away.

The mother kicked the animal off her son, and another child threw a backpack at the fisher cat. A neighbor eventually chased the fisher cat away.

The boy was taken to Westerly Hospital, and treated for bites on his leg.  Fisher cats are relatives of the weasel. They tend to be nocturnal, and often prey on smaller animals like chipmunks and squirrels.

78 responses to “Fisher Cat Attacks Child at Bus Stop

  1. Tonight was the very first time i have heard the sounds the fishercat can make,and that sound is very haunting.I will never forget it.

  2. So if i read this right, that child was attacked because somebody had decided to relocate they predators to our area? who makes these decisions? the best part is that if you had a one in your backyard, animal control will not come UNTIL they actually attack and/or kill a family pet….or in this case, a helpless child.

    1. These animals (Fisher Cat) are native to the Northeast, they are usually not aggressive towards humans unless provoked or cornered. The fact that this animal was out during the day and it actually attacked a human is alarming.

      I would venture a guess and say that it was probably either protecting it’s young nearby, or rabid.

      I live in Massachusetts, we have tons of them in Brimfield, the sounds of a fisher cat is blood curdling, not to be confused with the alarm cry of the fox, one of there favorite meals.

    2. You’re a tool. The fishers have not been “relocated”. They are have been reintroduced. They are a native species on this continent. Any place forests existed, so did the fisher. If a fisher eats you, its certainly wont start with your brains. Dirtbag Fisher Hater!

  3. I live about 10 minutes not even away from Westerly,RI in Pawcatuck,CT and this freaks me out because I sometimes walk around my block at night and there are woods surrounding the neighborhood where I live….maybe I should carry a bat with me with nails in it just in case…

    1. I take my small dogs for walks in Moore woods in Westerly. Last week I saw a large Fisher in those woods. I got some pepper spray but still am concerned that the Fisher could grap my dog and run off with it before I could stop it. They are very scary and don’t belong in populated areas.

  4. Don’t be such weenies. So what, the kid got a few cuts. I’ve had worse rabbit bites!! I have a cat two dogs and a rabbit, and they all have bitten me at one time or another. A fisher attacking a little boy at a bus stop, hmmm who’s fault is that? pets cause worse injuries and people don’t do anything. My kid brother got bit by a squirrel he caught once and it gave him rabies. squirrels are everywhere so no one cared.

    1. Ignorance! so it’s the parents or the kids fault for the attack? really? wow, the faculty of the human condition never ceases to amaze me….

    2. Dude. Where is your compassion? You obviously are not maternal or paternal and should not be a parent.

    3. I agree! I mean really! I live near Springfield, Mass. Right next to a greenbelt and just found out about our neighborhood fishers. My friends 7 year old 60 pound sister has gone down there with her older brother and had no problem. My terrier rat dog has had no problem. The kids probably taunted the cat and threw sticks at it so it attacked in self defense.

    4. Surprises me that nobody has questioned the legitamacy of ID of the species. Is it possible another animal did this?

      And oh yeah, the fisher belongs here, you don’t. How many people were killed by fishers in your city/town this year? How many people killed by people? Even if you pro rate this per capita, we still are the crueler and bloodier species.

      …. and yes “dont be a weenie”, the kid could be a pussy!

      1. Anon- True. It is MORE than likely misidentified, as this happens frequently. People need to dial down the hysteria a bit. Fishers are often confused for Minks, Weasels and sometimes even Grey Fox. (Since Grey Fox are known occasionally to be arboreal). IF it was a Fisher that ‘attacked’ this kid, it was rabid. Nobody should be freaked out and start carrying bats with nails in it. *EYE ROLL*

    5. Not one of my many pets has ever bit me. You appear to be a very scary, cruel hearted person. I am sure your animals are probably biting you out of self defense. Lord help us all!

  5. it is true that humans are taking over the habitats of wild animals,therfore there will tend to be more attacks. they attack out of fear–who shouldn’t be afraid of crazy humans destroying the planet and sucking up whatever room we have left. oh and by the way im not meternial either–more time for me, me, me i guess and my 3 horses two dogs and 5 cats. god i love life!!!!

  6. That’s awful! It must have had rabies.
    At least he has a good reason to not ride the shitty bus anymore.

  7. I saw it agin last nite. We had to get the key from out canoe since that is where my grandfather kept it. When we saw it it looked really big and I was scared sh*tless but them since there were three of us and we were bigger I knew we could take it. That fisher must have new what was going to happen because it went primo fight church and tore the hell out of us. I thought it was rabid but we got it in a cage. It is very angry but I don’t feel sad for this monster.

    This is over on Rosemont Court the house next to Gommie’s if you know where that is.

  8. A Fisher Cat?! First time I’ve ever heard of them. When I saw the picture of it crossing the street, I assumed that it was a ferret (which was close to accurate, seeing that they’re in the same family).

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