This site started in 2008 when I started researching the Fisher Cat after noticing a lot of hype surrounding the animal. What I found was a mix of opinions and information from experts and public video clips and stories about the Fisher. I naturally built the website to revolve around the Fisher’s screech or scream, however never stopped to think about whether it was a myth or if it was a fact. Continue below for answers to the famous question, “Does a Fisher Cat actually screech?”, as well as countless questions people have after seeing or hearing a friend mention a Fisher.
Do Fisher Cats Screech?
1. According to Roger A Powell, Fisher Cat’s do not in fact scream or screech
I do not want to spread misinformation about the Fisher screeching if it in fact doesn’t, so I think it’s best to gather your opinion based on the research of Roger A Powell, a leading expert on Fisher Cats and the actual encounters and stories shared on our website. I received an inquiry from someone who noted the following about Fisher’s screeching:
The leading expert on fisher research, Roger A Powell (who raised fishers for nearly 20 yrs) confirms that fishers do not screech at all. They can make low, quiet sounds. Never once, even when living with fishers, did he hear them scream, screech, or otherwise make a loud, high-pitched noise.
This was shocking to me and tough to understand after so many visitors (1000+ comments) on this website say they have seen and heard Fisher’s scream.
2. According to stories and experiences of the FisherCatScreech.com community, a lot of people say Fisher’s do screech
After almost 4 years of gathering 1000+ comments it seems that there are people who truly believe they have heard the sounds of Fisher Cats screaming. Most say that they know it’s a Fisher Cat even though they don’t see them. I will need to scour through the thousands of comments now to see if anyone has actually seen a Fisher screech but it seems that no one has in fact seen and heard one scream at the same time. (Besides the video we have of a young fisher screeching)
I’m not going to say that Fisher Cats do screech, but I’m also not going to say that they don’t screech. I think it’s interesting to hear everyone’s opinions on the site and would rather leave it to you to discuss. Although Roger A Powell was an expert I would still like to compile all of your encounters with this odd animal. It would be great to gather any pictures or videos. If you have any, just send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is a Fisher Cat?
A “Fisher Cat” is simply known as a “fisher” and contrary to its name, it is not a type of cat. The fisher is a medium-sized mammal that is part of the Mustelidae family, which also includes otters, weasels, and minks. It’s native to North America and is often found in the northern forests of the United States and Canada. Fishers are carnivorous and primarily feed on small mammals, and surprisingly, despite their name, they don’t particularly eat fish.
What does a Fisher Cat sound like?
The vocalizations of a fisher are quite distinct and can sometimes be unnerving. They have been known to produce a range of sounds from growls, hisses, and chirps to high-pitched screams. The scream, in particular, is eerie and can be mistaken for a person in distress, making it a notable feature of the fisher’s vocal repertoire.
What to do if you encounter a Fisher Cat?
If you encounter a fisher, it’s best to avoid getting too close and to give the animal its space. While they’re not known for being particularly aggressive towards humans, they are wild animals and can become defensive if threatened. If you have small pets, keep them indoors or supervise them closely in areas where fishers are known to be present. Should a fisher approach you, make loud noises to try to scare it away, and avoid cornering or provoking it.
What animal can kill a Fisher Cat?
While fishers are predators and are adept at hunting small mammals and birds, they aren’t at the top of the food chain. Larger predators such as coyotes, bobcats, and owls can and do prey on fishers. In some areas, humans are also threats to fishers due to habitat destruction, trapping, or vehicle collisions.
What does a Fisher Cat look like?
Fishers have a slender, elongated body covered in dark brown fur. Their face features large, rounded ears, and they have a bushy tail. The legs of a fisher are short and stout, giving them a low profile, but they are agile climbers and runners.
How big is a Fisher Cat?
Fishers are medium-sized mammals. Males are larger than females, typically measuring between 35 to 47 inches in length (including the tail) and weighing between 7 to 13 pounds. Females are smaller, generally between 30 to 37 inches in length and weighing 4 to 6 pounds.
Where does a Fisher Cat live?
Fishers are native to the dense forests of North America, spanning from the northern United States up into Canada. They prefer mixed forests with both coniferous and deciduous trees. These habitats provide them with shelter, prey, and ample trees for climbing.
What sound does a Fisher Cat make?
As mentioned earlier, fishers produce a variety of sounds, the most notable being a high-pitched scream. They also emit growls, hisses, and chirps, especially when communicating with each other or when feeling threatened.
Will a Fisher Cat attack a dog?
While fishers are not typically aggressive towards larger dogs, they might view small dogs as potential prey, especially if the dog is unsupervised. It’s always a good idea to monitor pets closely in areas where fishers are known to be present.
Can a Fisher Cat kill a coyote?
While fishers are formidable predators for their size, taking on a coyote would be a significant challenge. It’s unlikely for a fisher to kill a healthy adult coyote. However, they might attempt to defend themselves if cornered by one.
Why does a Fisher Cat scream?
The high-pitched scream of a fisher is believed to be associated with mating or when feeling threatened. While the exact reason isn’t definitively known, this eerie vocalization can be unsettling to those unfamiliar with it.
A picture of a Fisher Cat
Unfortunately, I cannot provide pictures. However, a quick online search will yield many images of this intriguing animal.
Can you eat a Fisher Cat?
While it’s theoretically possible to eat a fisher, it is not commonly consumed by humans. Additionally, in many areas, fishers are protected species, making it illegal to hunt or trap them without specific permissions.
What does a Fisher Cat look like?
To reiterate, fishers have a dark brown fur coat, large rounded ears, a bushy tail, and a slender body. They possess a low profile due to their short legs but are agile climbers.
Can a Fisher Cat hurt you?
Fishers are wild animals, and like all wild animals, they can become aggressive if threatened. While they are not known to attack humans unprovoked, it’s always a good idea to give them space and respect.
Will a Fisher Cat attack a human?
Fishers are generally shy and tend to avoid humans. While they might become defensive if cornered or provoked, attacks on humans are extremely rare.
Can a Fisher Cat kill a human?
Fishers are relatively small compared to humans, and while they have sharp teeth and claws, it’s extremely unlikely for a fisher to kill a human. Again, they tend to be more defensive than aggressive, and encounters with humans usually result in the fisher retreating.
Is a Fisher Cat a weasel?
While the fisher is not specifically a weasel, it belongs to the Mustelidae family, which includes weasels, otters, minks, and other similar animals. So, it’s closely related to weasels but is its distinct species within that family.