Fisher Cat Sound and Audio – Sounds it Makes

When New Hampshire resident Duke Smith first heard the cry of a Fisher cat he thought he heard a baby dying slowly. The shrieks were constant, high pitched and their resemblance to human voice was really eerie. Several nights and a few missing cat notices later other residents of the neighborhood confirmed that these were the sounds of a Fisher cat.

Fisher cats are ferocious predators belonging to the weasel family and are known for their eerie screams and liking for house cats.

The sound of a Fisher cat is very shrill and resembles someone calling for help. The shrillness lends a certain high pitch to the sound and makes it sound like a woman or a child. Most people who hear the Fisher cat call for the first time are fairly convinced that they are hearing a human calling out for help.

The Fisher cat is a nocturnal animal and the fisher cat cry is sometimes a hunting cry and at others the Fisher cat call is just a mating call. It is well established that the Fisher cat makes the sounds to mate and attract other Fisher cats but people have also noticed the Fisher cat animal scream out just before or after a kill.

There is a lot of eeriness associated with the Fisher cat call and most of it is to do with the ferociousness of the animal and the creepy sound of the Fisher cats screech, compounded by the fact that it is found in the wilderness and can be heard mainly during nights. For example picture yourself in the place of this family that are going through this lonely wooded area in the dark and hear this lady like screech in the distance.

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While you can’t be sure whether this is a person or the fisher cat animal, you can be sure that being in such environs and hearing such a scream will run a chill down your spine.

Fisher Cat sounds are usually constant and you can hear them at a regular interval like in this video

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In the video you can notice that the animal screams out every few seconds and the pitch and the volume is constant. While the animals do not prey in the day time they can still be spotted moving about. The sounds are much more prominent during the night and people have witnessed these animals screeching on for hours and hours together. More often than not the Fisher Cat sounds are going to be constant and it will become a haunting experience. The Fisher cat sounds especially weighs on the minds of people who have pets like rabbits or cats. This is because Fisher cats are really dangerous and have the reputation of pretty much killing all small animals in the surrounding areas that are not kept indoors. While much of this sound like old wives’ tales the incidents that happen every year across United States give real evidence that the animals are deadly predators.

Usually the one off sound means that the Fisher cat animal is either closing on a hunt or has already killed its victim.

Next time you hear these haunting sounds make sure that all your pets are indoors and that you comfort your children and not let them get too scared by the sound.

Are these sounds from a Fisher Cat or Red Fox screech?

Fisher cat screeches are often mistaken for red fox cries.  Here are two different examples as pointed out from one of our readers:

These are fox calls or screams on this video

This is the possible sound of a Fisher Cat

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199 responses to “Fisher Cat Sound and Audio – Sounds it Makes

  1. I just 3 weeks ago experienced almost an hour of these hideous screeches just outside our family camp in Upstate NY. I had never heard this before – I thought it was a wounded animal or a small child screaming! Just outside of Franklinville, NY near Lyndon is where we are located. It was about 2:00 AM when the high pitch screams started and it sounded like it was only 25-30 ft. away from our camper door. I kept the dogs inside and with a bright flashlight I searched the property borders but found nothing. Once back inside the screaches continued for
    an hour with only brief pauses between each scream – Our neighbor told us he had seen a Fisher about a month prior in the meadow below us. I am glad to know what we may be dealing with in Cattaraugus County. We keep our weiner dogs close by us now & will carry a rifle at night!

  2. Listen to the cottontail rabbit scream. It is the sound most people are probably hearing up here in New England. It is blood curdling. If people say they saw fishers and then that night heard the sound, it could be the fisher attacking the rabbit. It would be interesting if someone could capture a video of a fisher actually screaming.

  3. You have presented no real evidence of a fisher making a call other than anecdotal and stories. The only real evidence you have is that video of a fox making a call that sounds very much like what multiple people on youtube have attributed to a fisher. The Video clip #1 and #2 on this page sound like owls to me but nothing is known about the location or origin of the video so they could even be tropical monkeys for all we know. Check out these crazy owl sounds that could easily be mistaken for a fisher or something else?

  4. At around 2:30 AM for the past two nights, we have heard a series screechy ‘barks’. Four to five ‘barks’ then silence. Then it repeats a few times. The first night, the barks were preceded by a screech from an obviously distressed animal. These ‘barks’ are much too raspy to be coming from a dog. We know that fishers are in the area because we have heard their screeches in the past. Do they make a barking sound as well, or is this another animal?

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