A Lincoln woman has been hospitalized for days after being attacked and bitten by a fisher while walking her dog in her yard.
Tracey Chartier was attacked Wednesday by the animal, which is related to a weasel.
The animals, which are typically found in the northern parts of the U.S. and Canada, are commonly referred to as fisher cats.
Chartier said she was bare foot and kicked it, and said the animal bit, scratched and mangled her feet.
“The claws were very, very long,” she said.
She said the claws of the fisher impaled the skin in her foot and went so deep, she’s being treated for an infection at Rhode Island Hospital. She’s also being treated for rabies as a precaution.
“Everybody said you know, ‘You should have done this, you should have done that. You know, you should have ran.’ But no matter what I did, I would have got attacked or my dog would have got attacked,” Chartier said.
Chartier said the family remains a little afraid to step outside into the back yard.
“I’m a nervous wreck to go in the back yard. My husband’s a nervous wreck to go in the back yard. The kids, you know, I don’t know what’s there or what’s going to come out,” she said.