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:

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

  1. For your second YouTube video (sound at night), I can tell you that the first sound in the beginning were from a pair of Barred Owls. The next were a couple if raccoons having an argument. Nothing more. I have both in my backyard nightly and the would sound creepy to a person unfamiliar with them. And we also have fishers and red and gray foxes…

  2. Absolutely NOTHING here sounds like the fisher cats in our neighborhood. Our house borders a wildlife preserve and the sounds we hear are INDEED clear and quite weird.

    1. I abut Jefferson Nation Forest and I encountered a fisher last evening. It made the same sound as the video. The fox is similar, but a bit more howling to the screech. I described the screech as a mega crow on steroids. I didn’t know what it was, posted it on FB and a friend mentioned the fisher. I have seen these here and believe the video to be that of the fisher. Found it to be very interesting when researching.

  3. Heard a scream like kids or women screaming their heads off, but with pauses between screems, at 10pm last night in the woods behind our house in Shelburne, MA. The best recording I have heard of a fisher cat scream, the closest what I heard last night, is here:

    None of the recordings you have hear have quite matched that “either there is a teanagers primal scream therapy session or a murder or animals in heat” eerie scream that we heard in our woods.

    1. This is the exact sounds I’ve been hearing for the last two weeks behind my house,..none of the other videos and sounds I’ve listened to sound like this….this audio you have here is Identical to what I’ve been hearing,…especially the small grunt that sounds like an ape in between the screams sometimes….is this a fisher cat or a fox???….I have in my garden what looks to be fox tracks…

    2. I am from the Connecticut Shoreline. Yesterday my neighbor told my family and I that they saw two Fisher Cats in their yard the day before at 10:00am. Last night I was woken up by a very LOUD and EXTREMELY STRANGE/SCARY noise that was SOOO LOUD it sounded like it was right outside my bedroom window. THIS WAS IT!!! But was even creeper and in longer intervals. SKEEETCH!!

      1. i came yards from a fisher cat a week ago in my town and that was the exact noise that i heard but a lot louder like high pitched like a women screaming. I am 99.9% sure that is a fisher cat

    3. if you live near grove st, I can tell you for certain that there were a family of grey fox living behind my mothers house.

    4. c.d. im from east texas and weve reciently heard this exact thing near our house in the middle of the night…ive only spotted it once and its defiantly some kind of weasel…its not a fox or sreetch owl or bob cat like others have said..ive got abunch of outside feral cats but so far none have been attacked. anyway..defiantly creepy sound..and not a good way to be awoken at 3 am!

    5. I think what you’re hearing is the victim fox the fisher is attacking, the fisher has it’s mouth full…the victim is screaming in pain.

    6. THIS is the sound I’ve heard only twice in my life. Both times within the last couple of months. I’m in north central NC [peidmont triad area]. I looked on wiki and it says that Fishers main area is up north and that they used to be around the Appalachian area. Well, I guess urban growth has pushed these little buggers eastward.. or they’ve spread south.

      Something broke into my screened in porch [left a big hole in the screen , and tore loose the bottom of the metal from the wooden door] a couple of months ago and ate my bananas. For years I’ve kept bananas on the porch during summer [because they caused gnats inside] and it’s only now , when I happen to hear this new animal sound, that this happened.

      At first , the two things didn’t click in my mind — I figured well it must’ve been a racoon – what else could and would be able to tear open the door that way. But – there’ve always been raccons round here and they never bothered anything. I’m almost certain it was the Fisher now. What if my cat had been on the porch that night? I wonder if it would’ve passed over the bananas or came in and whooped my cats ass? I stopped putting my bananas on the porch BTW.

      I haven’t been able to fix the gaping hole in the screen door – yet [I think it’s going to require an entire new door] but I’ve been letting my cat out anyway. Most wouldn’t believe me , but I trained my cat while she was young to not leave my yard , actually to not leave a section of my yard and now that she’s grown much older [8 yrs] she has no desire to snoop around [she was also fixed as a kitten] and stays in the area in my backyard between the house and the garage.

      I listened to this sound last night for maybe 5 mins. It wasn’t as close as it was the first time I heard it a couple of months back [which was right next door in neighbors backyard who heard it too but didn’t see it and said it must’ve been a possum – no, possums don’t sound like this] – but it called steadily for probably 10 mins.

      My cat wasn’t outside. She doesn’t want out every night, but does most nights.

      Do I need to worry about this thing coming into my yard if I don’t have any food stuffs out there?

      Will it seek out a fight or do they only attack pets if said pet goes messing with them and messing around on the Fishers turf? Will it attempt to make my yard it’s turf? LOL

      I respect wild animals and nature and I understand that urban sprawl and industrialization etc destroys their habitat – which I honestly despise – but if this thing comes on to my property and attacks my cat – it will be shot if [if I can get out there in time].

      I don’t live in the city, I don’t live in a suburb and I don’t live in the boonies. I’m in a midway ourskirt semi rural point that is currently being creeped upon by urbanization. They are tearing down woods after woods, building crackerbox house after crackerbox house, apartment complexes, a myriad assortment of businesses and widening the roads. It’s being swallowed up and the poor wildlife catches the brunt of it.

      I’d really hate to hate to kill this animal. I will get that door replaced and never have any foods stuff out there. Let’s hope that it stays out of my yard [or at least only passes through].

      I hope none of the people that own the land around here sell out because if they do, all the woods and pastures will be gone.

      If I won the lottery I’d buy up everything around me, give living rights to my good old neighbors and keep anything else from being built. I’d plant more trees and even buy out the old golf course a couple of miles form here and replant trees there!

      1. From what I have read about the fisher it is a carnivore. Banana’s would be out of the question. Yet, I read one comment saying they feed them and they eat anything. I was told to be cautious of your animal. When they are cornered they can be very vicious. They are the only animal that can kill a porcupine.

  4. In N.Calif. they use raw chicken to get tracks in a special container.. to count numbers.I heard one scream recently and I live way out in the hills.I hope now that the cherries are gone so are they. I have an open cat door and am going to be gone ..I lost a cat last year to a bob cat I thought.

  5. Coon Dog: that is a fisher behind your house. I hear the same thing every night behind mine. I live in a residential area in a small town in northern Ontario and these things are all over the place killing every small animal they encounter. I hear it kill a small dog a few streets from my house the other night – that scream is something you won’t forget if you ever hear it.

  6. We heard loud high-pitched screaming last night, pretty sure it was a fisher. But we also have racoons, owls, opossums, and grey fox. I wish i could capture it. I have several outdoor cats that I worry about.
    Melissa
    Windham Maine

    1. I use to live in Windham off of Varney Mill Rd and awoke to the worst sounds you could imagine one summer morning.When we went outside we found our neighbors cat dead on their porch and a fisher cat taking off around the building so be careful it could happen.

  7. Nice try, but sorry, not very convincing. The first video of the fisher sounds like a hawl or some sort of bird. Also, much of the fisher legend is just that. For one thing, they do not actively prey on cats, according to a study of fisher cats’ stomach contents, a study carried out by the New Hampshire Dept of Fish and Game, in 1994, I think it was. While a fisher may occasionally nab a cat, it is not its first choice of a meal, but keep an eye on your chickens, rabbits, trash cans, road kill, and any baby animals. There are many animals that shriek in the night & there are some people who claim that the fisher cat scream is a myth. I don;t know if it is or isn’t, but just try to find a video on Youtube that actually shows the fisher animal with the sound coming from its mouth. Good luck with that. Okay, so fishers mostly come out at night, but I have seen them in the daytime. And even at night, someone could use wildlife cameras that take nightshots to record the supposed fisher scream, I mean, if it even exists.

    1. well just last night we went for a walk me and some buds through a street and into the forest. When we were walking we heard the same loud screeching exactlly like in the 6th video except it was closer and i live in mass methuen right next to a forest and a huge golf field were there are alot of animals i have seen foxes,deer but what i havent seen but got close to is the fisher cat first time i ever heard one

    2. They will kill a cat when they are cornered. They are the only animal that can kill a porcupine. I had one in my yard last night. My dogs went after it, then I heard the screeching. It wasn’t afraid of my 2 large hound dogs either. Just saying.

  8. While living in Southwest WI, me and my friend heard what sounded like somebody calling for help one night, across the street down by the river. About 1-3 Am, small town of about 500 people. We even called the police and had them come check it out and they found nothing. None of these videos sounded anything like it. Any normal person can tell when something is an animal. Most of these videos just sounded like neighborhood cats fighting or something…. Out of curiousity, we decided to stay up all night out on the sidewalk again and wait for this thing.. it came, only this time it was not saying “help”, it literally sounded like a woman or banshee or something screaming it’s ass off, and it came right for us. This wasn’t a stopping every few seconds, this was a full blown “aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah”, followed by another and then another. Almost like if a chick were to be a lead singer in a death metal band or something. Whatever this was, was huge too, as the screams were coming from higher above ground, and if it were a fox or something, it would have been lower to the ground. This was pretty level with our faces and began to get closer and closer.. yet we couldn’t see anything in front of us. Whatever it was, scared us so bad, that we darted back towards town, and we could still hear this thing following us, running at the same pace as we were, screaming it’s ass off, behind the buildings we were passing. The next morning, I drove past there, and there was no signs of anything. This happened to me when I was 17, and I am now 24. I’ve been up all night remembering these days and trying to find an “animal” that sounded even remotely close to this.. and sadly, I haven’t found any. Not a fisher cat, not a weasal, not a damn racoon, not a screech owl. Whatever I heard, had the lung capacity of a giant and was obviously either intimidating or going to attack me and my friend…. I dont think foxes attack humans do they? And we can rule the whole fox and cat thing out anyway, because it sounded nothing like. To this day I am still puzzled by it and still can’t get answers.

    Strange and interesting fact, a year later, my friend that was with me that night, her brother mysterious got into a car accident and hit a light post, RIGHT where we were sitting and had heard these screams… but he didn’t die in the accident.. for some reason they found his body on the otherside of town with a bullet in his head.. They ruled it a suicide… Yet my friend swears up and down that her brother would’ve never killed himself. I found it quite coincidental, that his car was found wrecked, in the exact same location, that this “thing” was coming at us.

    Anyway, thought I’d share my story. I’ve been telling myself all these years it had to be an animal, just so I can move on with life, but now I can proudly say, what I heard was definitely strange, and after checking these videos out and others, I am more convinced than ever that what I heard was not an animal.

  9. The sound in the video is a fox in my opinion. I live in Greene RI and have two foxes living in my vicinity. Hear this sound alot and last week I was awakened in the night with the scream right outside my window. Looking out, there she was, the red fox. She just kept screaming so I opened the window and told her to go away and she barked at me! Exactly like a dog. They have different calls. The sound in the video is just like the sound she was making right in front of me.

    1. Yes, we’ve had the same sounds two nights in a row, right behind my chicken coop. The foxes are angry with me because I stopped letting my chickens out so they haven’t been getting their daily meal… We do have fishers around but not usually so close to the house. My vote is for foxes screeching.

  10. Ncassidy above is correct on 2nd video sounds-Barred Owl and Racoons
    Yesterday in a CT shoreline reservoir woods at 9AM (partial sun)I watched a presumably mother Fisher Cat attempt to lure me away from her offspring by circling and approaching me as close as 25 ft while standing up on her hind legs and swaying to and fro as if to get a better look at me( like a mongoose or otter in water). After about 5 minutes two almost full sized previously hidden young appeared and scampered up a maple to safety. She made only a faint whimpering grunt sounds during the 7 minute encounter

  11. I live in West Haven CT.. a shoreline town and I am less than a block from shore… my neighbors and I just witnessed one of these god awful creatures chase a neighbors cat up treen. After the cat was in the tree this thing lurked around and around the tree screaming…. And like it says above this is a cry you will not soon forget…

  12. Please stop propagating the old myth that fishers eat cats. They do NOT. Though they will kill a cat if attacked by one, the fisher primarily eats small mammals like mice, rats and voles (in fact I interrupted one this morning who was carrying a fat mole across the lane, and she dropped it and ran in fear when she spotted me–sure hope she found it again so she could feed her babies!). A study done on the stomach contents of fishers in an area where “all the locals said the fishers were killing their cats” (so they were apparently exterminating the poor fishers!) found cat hair in one out of 1000 examples. It was most likely an animal, which is much smaller than the average house cat, who was attacked by the cat and defended itself. It’s myths like this which get animals slaughtered to extinction. And the “probable fisher” call you have recorded is just a fox barking. I work at a wildlife rehab center where we have many foxes in and out every year, and we hear that bark all the time.

    1. i live in rural upstate NY. last night i was on my porch grilling something at about 9 pm — my cat came screeching around the wood-pile, through the gate, up onto the porch and in through the cat-door at about 90 miles an hour ——- and about a foot behind him in hot pursuit came another dark animal of about the same size as my cat, who is pretty big actually….. when it saw me there it turned around and was gone——– i don’t know for sure which one of them was screeching. do you think this might have been a fisher?

  13. Why do you call them “Fisher Cats?” Time to drop the CAT part of the name. I would love to see one but I do not think they live in NJ. Lastly, the text says that Fishers eat Porcupines. Little doubt that is true but there are much easier and less dangerous animals for them to eat.

  14. Hi…my neighbour just called to ask if I have heard this screeching at night in
    our back woods..she was out the other night with 2 of her dogs..and she could hear
    something coming and could not believe how fast it moved past her. I told her I was quite sure it was a fischer, my husband saw what he thought was one nearby not long ago. My neighbour has 20 acres of bush behind our home and used to see lots of porcupines, now there are none. Around here they have been known to…tackle anything and are considered dangerous. Neighbours had a fischer in their barn and found many cat skeletons. I also suggested it
    might have been the fox screeching…which I only heard for the first time last month. I thought something was dying…my neighbour came out at the same time and called her cat in the house…at the same time I saw the fox running away..it was the fox screeching at the cat. There is a den nearby. A couple of years ago, this same cat used to play with a fox kitten in our back woods..we couldn’t believe it. The same fox used to peek in our front door to see what was on the table for supper and my husband found him sleeping on our deck one morning. I swear he wanted to be a dog. Isn’t nature…just grand!! (We live just outside of Ottawa)

  15. Why is almost everyone against it being the sound of the FISHER. YES!!! it is one and YES it can be proven. Im in Cumberland RI. They are in these woods almost everyday AND night. You can SEE and HEAR them.

  16. I live in Indiana, where there are no Fisher-cats that I know of. I live way out in the country and am around wild animals all the time. This sound is definitely not a hawk or Screech-owl, but does resemble either a Bobcat or Fox. We have an abundance of both Red and Gray Foxes, as well as bobcats. My Indiana opinion is, that it is a Fox.

    I would really be interested in seeing some tracks of a Fisher-cat (footprints). A few winters ago we saw what we thought was a Fisher when doing some wildlife research in our valley. It could have been a Fisher-cat!

  17. Interesting reading…just lost both of my cats -1 week apart from each other. Not a sign of them anywhere. Heard what seemed in my opinion to be this same noise last nite for the 1st time. I live in western foothills of Maine, and we have “lost” cats before and always blamed coyotes…thinking my Hav-A-Heart trap will be put to good use. Hurts not knowing for sure what happened to my beloved friends…

      1. Absolutely – all this talk about stupid owners letting their cats outdoors at night when they know the property is wooded, hearing strange and scary sounds in the night, knowing wild animals roam everywhere, the pet owner who allows their cats (and dogs as well) out at night, do NOT DESERVE TO HAVE PETS.

    1. We have not only heard the fisher cats, but now have seen them two days in a row. My rather larger dog chased them into the woods. I think that it must be breeding time. We too have cats and when the cats heard the screech on the speakers they dove under the bed with fur all asunder. They sound to my Celtic mind like the sound of the Banshee. We will call the DEC to come and collect them and put them back in the mountains where they belong. Like much of the country we here in the N.E. are having a draught and that may be why sightings and hearing them has risen so fast.

  18. Fishers AREN’T cats!!!! I wish this misnomer would disappear from the vernacular. They are Mustelids related to Mink and Weasels. There is nothing remotely “cat-like” about them!

  19. They aren’t called Fisher Cats because people think they are cats, it’s because in most places people notice that they are fishing for their cats.

  20. Sorry – none of these noises are fishers. Not a single confirmed fisher cat “scream” has ever -ever- been verified. No biologist, zoologist, naturalist, ranger, or other human working closely with fishers have ever actually witnessed one make the noises they are rumored to make. If you have one actually witnessed (not just assumed) on video – you are the first. The scream is a fox, a bird, or something else.

  21. i have heard of bigffoot; nessie; and the chupacabra but i have never seen anything more terrifing than the fisher! im going into the forest to scream.

  22. you know it may be a panther because of the lady like scream it does in colorado whitch my parents had been before i was born. also im 9 years old. they had a law. it was. my mom said that the scream was SOOOO LOUD it sounded like a lady scream. savvy?

  23. Wish people would use the correct name. It is just Fisher, not Fisher Cat. They are a member of the weasel family, related to Otters, Ferrets, Mink, etc, not cats.

    The second video sounded like Barred Owls!

  24. I live in Wilbraham Ma and heard the strange screaming sounds as well. I am not certain if it was from a fox or fisher cat, but I have seen many fisher cats around. At first I thought it was a suffering dog in the woods or that of a child screaming for death. Its pretty disturbing if its your first time listening to it out on a dark night. it definately caught all the neighbors attention.

  25. I heard this sound 3 times in 2 weeks, only at night, and it was quite a scary sound; not something I would like to hear if I were out walking or camping. I live in Rhode Island and have seen may fishurs, but this is the first time I have heard one; however, since it was night and we did not see it, I cannot confirm it was one. We have had many foxes over the years but never heard one. It’s December; is it fishur mating season? Is it sounding for a mate?

  26. I had a pair of Red foxes around my house which I observed for quite some time they sound exactly like these videos. They were a male and female (as I had observed them mating). When they got seperated from each other they kept calling each other and made the exact sound as was heard in that video.

  27. that was the most creepeist sound i ever heared . i was watching this with my boy firend and gave me chills hearing that sound

  28. I heard this in the field behind my house in Gill, Mass last night (March 30, 2013). I also heard it last year at this time in exactly the same place. Both times I went out with a powerful light for a look. It was fisher’s, not foxes (both times). My wife does not believe me because they were 50 yards from a fox den (last four years); but she was in bed and I was out in the field. Foxes do make similar sounds with a similar cadence.

    1. Today, my 4 year old daughter spotted something coming out of the woods on our property in Feeding Hills. I looked and our wandered a Fisher. Animal control told me to stay inside that they are very aggressive and dangerous. That was the end of our sunny day fun.

  29. We just heard this outside, we live up in the hills of N. CT by Stafford and it was so loud it was scary. I opened the window to get a better listen, and it does sound like an injured animal or something screaming out wildly with brief moment of silence in between. hopefully they only roam at night, hopefully, because i dont want my dog to get bit while in the yard during the day.

  30. We live in western NY Chautauqua County, two nights ago We heard the blood curdling screeching sound that lasted a good 20 seconds and repeated three or four times . Our St. Bernard was out for her last “business” trip before bed and must have encountered this animal, which we think is a fisher. Rumor has it the county has brought these animals into our area. Never before in my 62 years have i been afraid to go out side at night until now. These animals have interuptted our peaceful small village and I think the county should be obligated to take them away

  31. 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!

  32. 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.

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