Fisher Cat Audio – Animal Sounds and Noises

The Fisher Cat is a marten related to the family of weasels and is only found in North America. The Fisher Cat is known for being a ferocious predator and the sounds of a fisher cat have become notorious because they are similar to a child or a woman crying for help.

What a fisher cat looks like

Fisher cats have been blamed for attacking and killing domestic cats in every area that they were spotted and due to this they have also been labeled as Fisher the cat killer. While Fisher Cats are ferocious enough to attack house cats and have done that, a lot of what is said about them is folklore and exaggerated. Fisher cats are definitely dangerous due to their predatory nature but they are probably made out to be more dangerous than they really are.

An interesting thing about Fisher cats is that they are one of the few predators of the porcupine and have developed a method to attack and kill porcupines. Due to this reason they are used for controlling porcupine population naturally.

Fisher Cats average at around 4 kilos and some of the large Fisher cat animals can grow to as much as 7 kilos.

Perhaps the question that most people ask is – how does a Fisher cat sound? The internet is sprinkled with Fisher cat sound clips and Fisher Cat photos and you can hear what people think a fisher cat sounds like below:

What animal is making this sound?

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The most striking thing about the Fisher cat audio is that it very closely resembles someone crying out for help and that is what freaks out most people. The fisher cat call in most cases is just a call for mating however they are known to make sounds just before or after hunting.

The Fisher Cat is a nocturnal animal and the most Fisher cat screams and Fisher Cat screeches can be heard at night. Since it is a nocturnal animal it hunts in the night and is not easily spotted in the day.

The Fisher Cat animals live and hunt alone and only socialize during their mating season. The females start breeding at the age of one while the male do not reach sexual age till they are two.

These days Fisher Cat news is mostly bad news, most of the times when they are featured in the news it is because they have caused concern to the human population either by way of attacking their pets or by their screams.

Most of these uproars are a mix of emotion and reality, while Fisher Cats are spotted in most of the incidents, the degree of damage done by them is probably a bit exaggerated.

219 responses to “Fisher Cat Audio – Animal Sounds and Noises

  1. Sounds exactly like a fox alarm call. People often say they see the Fisher, and then they hear that call, but there are no videos clearly showing a Fisher making the call and biologists have no evidence that they make such calls (in contrast there are lots of videos that clearly show a fox making that exact call). My guess is that fox are threatened by Fishers and tend to sound the alarm when they see them. People hear the call and assume the Fisher made it. It’s like when you hear the gray squirrel alarm call…look nearby to find a cat. The cat didn’t make the call, the squirrel did. But when I hear the squirrel alarm call I know there is a cat nearby.

    1. That makes a lot of sense Teresa and ur probably correct. If fishers hunt foxes then ur theory would prove correct.

    2. Not to be disagreeable, but nope, that’s a fisher. I had one (or more) traversing my backyard between the Pittstown hills and Round Valley Reservoir in west Jersey a couple of years ago. Still have plenty of foxes. They have very similar calls, but the fisher’s is way more unnerving. I’ve described it as sounding like an angry hawk (yes, we have plenty of those, too) being eviscerated.

    3. I looked up fisher cat just now because I can here it. I played the audio of the screech real loud and the dam thing came right in my front yard. HUGE fisher cat! I live in springfield, Ma.! I thought it was amazing that it actualy responded to the call.

      1. If it does indeed actually make that call, it’s been assumed that it is a mating call. So it would make perfect sense that it would respond to your audio. 🙂

    4. I just had one, possibly two screaming behind my house in the Pocono Mountains. I had just put the kids down when I started to hear it (them). I had no idea what the noise was, so I went out onto the deck to see if I could see it but of course could not. My neighbors’ garage was open and the light was on so I thought maybe the noise was their dog. I came inside and found this website after a bit and am pleasantly surprised to learn what is living in my backyard.


  3. We live in The Flats in Winchester, MA, and we saw one walking along our fence in the back of our backyard one early evening in August 2010. When we saw it, my husband and I quickly moved our two small dogs off of the deck and into the house. If you’re a resident of Winchester and have small pets – DO NOT leave them outside without being outside with them at the exact same time. Not even alone for a second! I’m telling you, these fishercats are FAST and sneaky and will pop out – what seems like out of nowhere, and kill your pet when you’re not looking. If they grab your pet and you try to intervene, be prepared for them to take you on. Just avoid the stress altogether and stand near them and when they’re outside and get them back inside when you’re ready to go back inside (even if for a glass of water!).

  4. Well, I had the pleasure(?) of hearing one 2 nights ago and last night, I actually witnessed the fisher cat just at the edge of the woods and trust me, the screeching was coming from this animal. My neighbor was witness to it. I’m hoping, since it’s been in my area for 2 nights, that tonight I’ll be able to try to capture it on video. It manages to dart across the back of yard, across to the neighbors but since we all have security lights, I might be able to see it on video. It was very clear last night as it scurried past my deck through to the wooded area in back of my neighbor.

  5. I am not a fan of Fishers!! I live in Maine, and have unfortunately had run ins with them with my pets. Two of my cats were let out by accident, and at 2:30 a.m., we heard terrible screaming out in my back yard. A huge Fisher had one of my cats up a tree, and then when they both fell to the ground, it grabbed my cat by the throat, and would not let go. My son had to beat the damn thing off Runty with a broom, and then it turned and snarled at my son!! We took Runty to the vet that evening, (thank you Christine Welsh!!) but unfortunetly, he died two days later. Our other cat, Spooky, was never seen again as well. I hate them, and have no use for them. We did have a trapper come out, and set traps, and he caught the male, which weighed 28 pounds, so saying they “weigh between 8 and 10 pounds” is bullcrap!! We saw the damn monster ourselves, and it was as big as a dog. When I hear of someone shooting them, or trapping them, I want to celebrate.

    1. I agree with you… they are horrible and I’d celebrate them being killed, too.
      I’m so sorry for the trauma you and your family went through. It still chills me to the bone to hear them and I’m in Buxton, Maine with a small chihuahua, although I suspect the loss of my cat a few years ago was due to the screaming demon in the woods.
      I NEVER let my little guy more than a few feet from me outside and I try to make a lot of noise when we’re out and always have a flashlight and am “on point” whenever we’re out at night. It’s the joy mixed with the fear / pain of country life, I suppose.
      I share your hatred for them, but I also know it’s part of living in the country. My brother in New Hampshire has witnessed some extremely brutal killings by them, too.
      God Bless and Know someone is thinking of you and your dear lost kitties.
      Darla from Maine

    2. I live in Belleville Ontario and we have had upwards to 30 cats domestic, barncats, loved pets taken and killed by these sneaky so and sos I am so sick of this and we do not own weapons apparently MNR introduced these into Ontario few years back to kill porcupines etc, but when I called them on it they totally denied this fact but everyone Knows after being alive for over 50 years never hearing of them in Ontario then all of a sudden they arrive How by plane come on. I feel for anyone who has encountered these things my husband was combining oats yesterday and stirred up a whole family of them during the day, large family I might add.

  6. Wish I had thought to record it! Maybe if I can hear it again. The sound I heard sounded different to the audio clip here, but similar. Almost like a monkey? Its 2am in Vermont. Possibly a fisher cat, maybe a fox? So strange. Almost birdlike.

  7. I live in Hope, RI. I have never saw a fisher cat or heard of 1 b4 2day. My pregnant cat Peekaboo disappeared almost a month ago. She was at the end of her pregnancy. She never stayed out over night. A week after she disappeared, my sisters kitten Dempsey went out and never came back. I’m heart broken over the loss of our pets and I pray everyday that they come home but I’m starting to think a fisher cat got their claws on them :'(. My mom was saying that their claws and teeth are razor sharp and that a fisher cat cut her friend Tommys dogs head off without a problem. I couldn’t believe it. I lived here my whole life, well most of it and never once saw a fisher cat smh idk ugly creature though. The fisher cat looks like a bear and a ferret mix. It has the face of a ferret and the body of a bear. I think I heard that cry before. Maybe I was around a fisher cat and didnt see it? Idk or maybe it was a fox like Teresa said. Idk I just want our cats back :'(

  8. I have heard that exact same sound here in Arkansas, and I am in a very habited area. No one could tell me what it was…someone said Bobcat, and someone said Cougar, but I researched each one and neither makes the same sound. It has to be a Fisher Cat…and we have weasels down at the lake here, which is all around us, so I wouldn’t be surprised. I would like to see it just to know I was right, but we have cats and dogs all around here, and I wouldn’t want my pets to go missing.

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    1. Yes we just heard some kind of animal screaming likeable woman it was scary just know. I had to google it to know wat kind of animal made that awful sound

  9. That doesn’t really sound like a Fisher as much as it sounds like a fox call. Fishers tend to make one screech, usually right before or after a kill. It’s sortof difficult to describe the sound…it starts out at a lower pitch and then raises to a high-pitched shriek that sounds like a woman or a child screaming, “wwwaaaAAAAAAA!!!!” that lasts for about two beats. I live in the woods and they hunt right outside my house (usually underneath my window at around 3am). They’re vicious. I’ve heard them raiding bird’s nests, attacking pets whose owners are either uninformed or don’t care enough about them to keep them inside, killing rabbits, squirrels, cats, etc. I mean, they’ve got to eat too, but it’s heart-wrenching to hear it happening to a pet who should have been kept inside. Fishers are pretty wild.

  10. I have heard this sound at my home in Canterbury, Ct for several nights now. It sounds like a fox as well, so how can we really differentiate between the two?

  11. I heard a weird sound when we were coming home two nights ago. Our golden ran out into our wooded barking and the scream was repeated 4 or 5 times. I had never heard anything like it. My wife was telling a friend about it and she said there had been a Fisher in her neighborhood. I Googled Fisher and listened to a recording. No doubt it was a Fisher. Scary as hell. We are raising chicks and I’m concerned that iit might tear the coop down. I have installed anti-critter flashing red lights and wonder if they will keep it away.

  12. There are fisher cats in brooklyn,ct. I found a dead fox in my back yard on 4/8/2012.
    I believe it was a fisher cat since they were seen and heard in this area.

  13. We lost 11 of 13 year-old hens to a fisher last night. Make certain your coop is shut tight. Mine wasn’t. Found only (!) 5 decapitated hens, so we hope some (one?) will come out of hiding this morning. Take care…

    1. We found 2 of our hens decapitated, another with it’s ribs showing that we had to put down and one of our ducks missing. Aweful sight! Yes keep the coops shut tight at night.

  14. In NK RI the fisher screams woke me up last night at 4am it was one of the scarriest sounds I’ve heard, been here 20 years first we ever heard one. In north kingstown

  15. During the October snow storm I saw what was easily a 4′ long Fisher run out of the woods when all the tree limbs were falling. I live in Forrest Park area of Springfield, so was was extremely shocked to see a fisher. Tonight I heard the screeching and was freaked out because it was so loud and freaky. It was much louder and constant compared to audio on here and I was curious if it is mating season because it was pretty brutal sounding.

  16. A huge Fisher Cat took my brave little dog a month ago here just east of Atlanta, in Conyers, Georgia. One was also spotted in Monroe, Georgia about 20 miles north of us. We live on ten acres of heavily wooded land. It was about 2 to 3 foot long, very wide and low body with jet black, 4 inch+ long, coarse fur and moved like a flash when it took my dog. I was just 40 foot away at the time about 30 minutes to sunset.

  17. I heard this sound last night.
    First thought was Fisher, but it was followed by a “yelp” as I’ve heard from my dogs.

    This is what had me confused.

    Have not heard a ‘cat’ yelp before.

    I ‘know’ we have Fisher in the area, but this sound is I heard, but with the ‘yelp’ behind it.
    I also ‘know’ I have a young fox in my yard (helping me curve the chipmunk population, of which I’m very grateful).
    Understanding that the new ‘Young-lings’ will call out when the need be (lonely, hungry or just cold (and we’ve had some rather rainy cold weather as late), I believe, what I heard, was the ‘Young Fox’.

    The ‘Yelp’ I heard at the end of the screech is what convinces me.

    What I heard.
    My 2 cents..

  18. I have found several examples online of a fisher cat screech. Are there any of a mating call? I have heard what I think may be a fisher cat making a call that sounds like a child saying “help”.

  19. At our home in West Greenwich we have fisher cats come & go. And yes they do sound like a baby screaming for its live. Very spooky.

    However, my 90 year old mom in Warwick, RI has one living under her lawn shed. They’ve come face-to-face 1/2 dozen times in daytime. Holy smokes! If she gets attacked it could kill her. We’re trying to get city or state to come trap it, or whatever.

    Has anyone ever tried to remove one of these demon beasts? In RI, you can’t trap, release or shoot these darn things. So what’s left? Ask it to behave?

    P.S. Someone mentioned sounds like loud monkey-calls. Those are Barred Owls. They make that sound when the male shows up to visit female & young ones. I’ve seen that first-hand. Seems domestic bliss isn’t reserved for just us humans – Ha.

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  20. i am also raising chicks and a neighbor thought she was woken by a fisher the other night, and she recalled seeing its shadow. im so scared it will eat are dear little chicks and possibly get our cat who escapes sometimes! (my bro’s more worried about it than me)
    a friend thought she heard a fisher, but she discovered it was a fox. she said she looked up that foxes have a similer screech like a fishers (like a woman or child screeming) iv never heard a fisher, and i hope i dont!

  21. I live in Quebec. My first encounter with a Fisher dates a year ago today! I was sitting out late at night watching fire crakers as we celebrate Canada Day the 1st of July, but continue on the next few days. I had a fire going and all of a sudden this animal comes and sits on a wooden plank put over our old water well. Often my cats lay there as it is cool. This animal was smelling for several minutes, and I didn’t move as I watched it. Then in a soft voice I asked the animal what it was doing there! ( I know but what can you do I love to talk to animals and NO they don’t answer lol). This animal turned and look at me with cold eyes and didn’t move initially. Not recognizing it I slowly got up and walked back to the house. The animal did the same on a parrallel course to me, limping as it’s front right paw was useless, going torwards the forest. I had heard the 3 previous nights, screams of two animals. When on the third night again I was awakened by these screams, I ran out torwards the noise and shooed it away ( at least I hoped I was!) Something growled at me and I saw a huge turtle as well fighthing with an dark animal. I hurried back to the house. Sure enough the next morning we found that all of the turtle’s eggs where destroyed and eaten. This was a year ago to this date and again tonight I heard those screeching sounds making my hair go up on my arms! Believe me my cats don’t go outside at night and they seem to sense the danger. I live in an old forest with a lot of dead trees and we have swamps, bays and a river as well. So I guess I will have to learn to live with these guys! That’s all Folks 😉

  22. That is the exact sound I heard a week ago for the very 1st time in my life. I have been wondering what in the world that could be! I was house sitting. I had heard stories about fishers but did not believe they were in my area. The evening after I heard that sound I saw an animal in the woods climb a tree so quickly I couldn’t believe my eyes. I’ve been searching on-line trying to figure this out but fisher never crossed my mind. Today I spoke with my dad about it. He grew up in the deep woods, hunting, fishing, trapping – living off the land. I told him about what I had seen & heard. He thought maybe it was a fisher. I searched for fisher on-line & here I am. Bingo. The picture of it in the tree is exactly what I saw. The sound, spot-on. – Sullivan County, NY.

  23. Definitely a fisher cat. Fisher cats make more than one call though, too. One of the mating calls can be significantly higher pitched, almost sounds like a little dog barking in the far distance. Fisher cats also tend to have a habit. If they pass by your house once without interference, odds are they will do it again. They also are active in daytime when they are looking for a mate. I only know all this because I have so many near my farm! 🙂

  24. I live in a residential neighborhood in Norton, Ma and over the last year I have heard the screams of the fisher cat more than a few times. It has occured roughly 1 month apart and over a 2-3 night span. I have heard it as early as 10 P.M. and been woken up in the middle of the night between 2 and 4 A.M. sometimes on the same night.I have heard it for the last 3 nights. Last night I tried to see it by shining a flashlight into the woods where the sound was coming from all I saw was a pair of glowing eyes appoximately 40 feet behind my shed. Whatever it was it took off through the underbrush and all I saw was a momentary silhouette as it took off. Less than a few minutes later the intermittant screaming began again about 2 houses further up the street. This occurred about 10:15 P.M. I did see a fisher cat last summer around dusk walking behind a small stone wall that borders my back yard from the woods however there were no sounds at all at the time. Oh I did find some scat on a small seating deck in the back of my yard yesterday, origin unknown but definately not dog or cat.

  25. Holy crap idiots! I heard the first half-second of the sound on this page and knew it was a fox. You all hear the sound and see a fisher (not a fisher cat- BTW, what an awful description- don’t insult the fisher like that), but not at the same time. Ever occur to you that more than 1 species of wildlife may be in an area at one time? Fishers live and hunt alone- for what reason would they have to make a call all the time? Just like the insurance commercial on TV- “must be true, it was on the internet.” Look for reputable sources (read- biologists) when you’re researching.

    1. I agree! I have a fox or two or maybe more living right here and I hear them often. The first time I heard them I heard a “territorial call” which was a very weird sound in the middle of the night. I went to some state university site and immediately identified not only the animal but one of its half dozen calls.

      Fishers don’t generally live right in somebody’s backyard. They stay away from people as much as possible.

  26. Fox territorial call. Different from fox warning call.

    Fishers are not nearly as common as people think. They are there in small numbers but they rarely make their presence known to people. if you do a search for fox calls you’ll hear many different calls from one animal. Territorial, warning, randy females, mating, etc. are all different. I think many people make the mistake of identifying this as fisher when in fact they usually stay away from people, where fox will live right in your yard, as one does here. Granted it’s a big yard but it’s also on a fairly busy street. It’s a fox.

    1. They are pretty numerous in our area. I see them all the time. I saw one about 4:30 in the afternoon crossing in front of me on the street not too long ago. The sound recording here doesn’t sound like what I heard. What I heard was closer to what I would call a caterwaul except more intense and longer than what is presented here. Only once not repeated.

  27. Just got out of the woods checking out the damage here in WV after the resent storm. I was above 4000 ft. And just in front maybe 10yds a fisher was running in the path and darted in the woods. Size I would not think 8 to 10 but more like 20. Yes I have heard this sound just under my deck at night when I was living at 4000 ft and was able to put a light on it from almost directly above. I was at the time 10 years ago not familiar with this species however this is what I very likely saw and heard at the same moment. I know the mind plays tricks on us however at the time I did not know what I was seeing and only now can I believe it to be very likely the out line of a Fisher under the glow of my flashlight.

  28. I was photographing an old abandoned farm house and seen movement out from under an enclosed entrance area. It was a dark area and I was using a wide angle lens so wasn’t able to zoom in to see what it was, but I had assumed it was a raccoon. Then as I stood there waiting to see if it would make an appearance that I could get a shot of, I heard this loud, high pitched, screech that made my hair stand up. It was repeated several times over the next 10 minutes that I stood there. Once I moved around to a different area of the house I never heard the noise or seen any movement again, even after returning to the area. Later, as I was processing the photos, I zoomed in on the photos in the area I seen movement and in one of the photos, I could make out an image of a critter that I have never seen before. Another photo taken before I seen the movement shows something curled up in a dark corner, on a shelf, of a deteriorated wall. Photos afterwards do not show this image. I sent the photo to my nephew the great woodsman who suggested a Fisher, but wasn’t sure if they were found in lower Michigan. (everything I have read so far says they are only in the Upper Peninsula) After searching for sounds of several possible critters, to identify the sound I heard, I am absolutely convinced, it was the territorial call of a Fisher.

  29. Hi, I live in East Prov RI, I have heard a few people say they saw a fisher cat in the neighborhood, I have never seen or hear it. I have a small dog, so needless to say I am always very alert when I take him out later in the day, and evening. I have also bought Pepper spray “in case” anything ever attempts to attack my dog. When I go in my yard, I also have a blackjack type stick I take with me. I have heard such horror stoies about small animals being mauled, killed.
    I have also heard that Bobcats are all over in Jamestown. Deer are being seen all over the place. These poor animals are SO confused.
    I believe all animals have the right to survive, and need to eat, however they are NOT going to get my baby. We have to be very careful of our pets, you luv them, keep them in eyesight by your side all the time.
    There has to be a reason why they have migrated to rural areas, Could it be their homes in the woods are all being distroyed and built on? This is why we have coyetes & fox in rural areas, they have to have someplace to live, mate, eat. None of this is the fault of these Poor Critters, they are doing what they have to do to survive, as they have always done, it’s their instinct. We have to adjust to it and take every procaution to protect our animals, and children.
    We can thank the Large Developers, the ones that clear out their homes [Woods] then build to fill their pockets, never worring about where the critters that live there will go, or what they will do for food, nor do they appear to care. They leave us to deal with it.
    I believe I have said enough.

  30. Wife and I saw this odd animal for about 20 minutes playing under a grown tree. It had a burrough. We were in a camp ground S.E. of Great Falls, Mt. We are both Montanans. I have hunted, camped, explored, scouted, and walked a lot of Montana. We had never seen such an animal. We had to ask the Fish and Game what the heck it was. It was playing about and playing peek-a-boo with us. Fun.

  31. I live in Stoneham Ma and was awaken at 2:00 am to what sounded like a woman screaming. It was soooo scary. I assume it was a fissure cat but I didn’t see it. Could that really be a fissure cat?

  32. we lived in nh on a back side of a mountain we had a fisher cat come right to my glass door and cry at my cat in the house it had killed two of my other cats pulling one threw the cat door with us in the same room and two of my uncles and a neighbors and a small dog it was a mean looking thing and its cry was like a cat fighting with another cat very loud sold that house moved to vt got up this morning to the same noise but louder hubby went outside and we had two outside our living room window not sure what they were doing but very loud and didnt move until a car went by and that scared them away

  33. I just saw a Fisher Cat in the Shenandoah NP, so they have come south. It was near Big Meadows which is a major tourist area. Lots of campers! I reported it to the rangers and hope they take notice.

  34. i have heard that bloodcurdling scream several different times while walking my dog at night. now i see that most of the squerels are gone and there are LOST PET fllyers for 3 missing pet cats . this is n attleboro ma…..west – broad st. has anyone else noticed the same? i have a small dog and a cat. melody

  35. Do fishers ever make snorting sounds, like a wild bore? Something attacked a whip-poor-will in my backyard (we next to a large wooded area) and it made sounds like a raccoon but it was much bigger than a raccoon, I am guessing.

  36. because there are 3 pet cats missing on our st. and we have heard that screetch, my
    husband joe does not want me to walk our dog late at night anymore. he wants me to report it to animal control also. has anyone else done that…do you feel safe walking your dog at night. we have a yorkie. melody

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  38. Heard one at 4am this morning in Jefferson, MD, when I went out to my car, probably at the end of our driveway, maybe 30 feet away. It’s an awful sound. Thought it was a baby crying at first, but since our nearest neighbor is more than 50 yards away, no kids, no windows open at 4am in December, I knew what it was instantly. I have heard this sound many times around Concord and Canterbury, NH. Too close for comfort for me this time.

  39. I would certainly think that was a fox if I heard it in the wild.

    BTW, what is up with all of you folks complaining about the horrible awful fishers taking you little pets? They are wild animals, that’s what they do. Small domestic animals left outside to their own devices will be taken by coyotes, owls, foxes, and yes, fishers. If you live near woodlands and are concerned about your pets…keep them inside.

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