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Rhode Island residents lose pets to fisher cats
Waterbury Republican-American ^ | October 31, 2005 | Associated Press

Posted on 10/31/2005 8:56:33 AM PST by Graybeard58

WESTERLY, R.I. -- Mike Andreozzi had just stepped outside to check on his family's beloved Pomeranian when he saw what appeared to be a large cat grab it from his lawn.

He has since learned that the little dog was probably taken by a fisher cat. Fishers, which are actually members of the weasel family, are becoming more common in Westerly and other populated areas of western Rhode Island.

Fishers nearly died out in the 1800s after forests were cleared and they were hunted for fur. But reforestation allowed them to repopulate southern New England, according to the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection. Then, as natural habitats were developed, they moved into areas with more people.

Animal Control Officer Thomas Gulluscio said he has received numerous calls about fishers as well as coyotes. Residents have found the half-eaten carcasses of two dogs, and some reported losing sheep.

One Westerly woman reported seeing a fisher at 8 a.m., which is unusual for the nocturnal animals.

Fishers can grow as large as 12 pounds and 40 inches long. Hard to spot because they can climb trees, they emit a sound that reminds some people of a baby's cry.

Fishers usually eat squirrels, rabbits, mice and other small animals, although Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management biologists say they have been known to eat dead deer. People should not let their pets out alone or leave garbage or food where wild animals can get it, animal control officers say.

Because fishers are a protected species, they cannot be hunted.

However, Rhode Island law allows homeowners to kill them to protect domestic pets, livestock and property. The dead animal must be turned over to the state Division of Fish and Wildlife.


TOPICS: Local News
KEYWORDS: cats; fishercat; lolol

1 posted on 10/31/2005 8:56:33 AM PST by Graybeard58
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To: Graybeard58

got any pics of these bad boys


2 posted on 10/31/2005 8:58:33 AM PST by vin-one (REMEMBER the WTC !!!!!!!!)
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To: mhking; Willie Green

Now that's my kind of cat. =]


3 posted on 10/31/2005 9:00:53 AM PST by Arthur Wildfire! March (The election phase is just running off the fumes of the primary. And the Primary starts Now.)
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To: vin-one

http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://minnou.net/fisher/images/fish01.jpg&imgrefurl=http://minnou.net/fisher/pisgah.html&h=240&w=353&sz=19&tbnid=xlKi27L9OAwJ:&tbnh=78&tbnw=115&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dfisher%2Bcat%26hl%3Den%26lr%3D&oi=imagesr&start=3


4 posted on 10/31/2005 9:02:27 AM PST by Sparky1776
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To: vin-one
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5 posted on 10/31/2005 9:02:37 AM PST by Graybeard58 (Remember and pray for Sgt. Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: vin-one

Oh wait, that's the fisher king.

6 posted on 10/31/2005 9:03:24 AM PST by weegee (To understand the left is to rationalize how abortion can be a birthright.)
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To: Arthur Wildfire! March

7 posted on 10/31/2005 9:04:08 AM PST by weegee (To understand the left is to rationalize how abortion can be a birthright.)
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To: Arthur Wildfire! March

They aren't cats - they're big, ugly weasels. Send them off to the mink farm. ;)


8 posted on 10/31/2005 9:04:19 AM PST by Mr. Jeeves (Speaking several languages is an asset; keeping your mouth shut in one is priceless.)
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To: Graybeard58

> Because fishers are a protected species, they cannot be hunted.

And that's assuming your local libs even allow you to
own a gun, or discharge it in self-defense.

Foxes, coyotes, wolves, bears, wolverines, badgers,
fishers, cougars, feral dogs, feral cats, bobcats ...

These eastern libs are soon going to lose more than their
pets. Once their kids start disappearing, their tiny
PETA-brains will explode.


9 posted on 10/31/2005 9:05:11 AM PST by Boundless
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To: vin-one
Image hosted by Photobucket.com

Image hosted by Photobucket.com

10 posted on 10/31/2005 9:05:17 AM PST by Jersey Republican Biker Chick (People too weak to follow their own dreams, will always find a way to discourage yours.)
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To: Graybeard58

Thems mean ones, first saw one in Eastern Massachusetts about 8 years ago. It passed in front of my car about 5am and gave me a nasty look. I never saw nor heard of one before that and had to go through my kids "flash cards" to find one.

NASTY! The got to be Democrats!


11 posted on 10/31/2005 9:05:37 AM PST by Sparky1776
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To: Mr. Jeeves

PETA probably protects them so that they can "live" in the wild. PETA also protests against cat coats.

PETA doesn't care about weasels eating cats though. That's "nature".


12 posted on 10/31/2005 9:06:02 AM PST by weegee (To understand the left is to rationalize how abortion can be a birthright.)
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To: vin-one
GIS for fisher cat.

The Fisher is a cat-sized mammal closely related to the Marten (M. americana). Male Fishers may weigh as much as seven kilograms, but females weigh much less.

The fur of the Fisher, particularly the female, is soft and glossy, dark brown with some silvery tipping of the hairs. Fishers and Martens both have curved claws, and they are excellent climbers.

13 posted on 10/31/2005 9:06:11 AM PST by MotleyGirl70
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To: Sparky1776
NASTY! They got to be Democrats!

Of COURSE they are. They are WEASELS.

Pro'ly support the Axis of Weasels in opposing the Bush Administration

14 posted on 10/31/2005 9:07:11 AM PST by weegee (To understand the left is to rationalize how abortion can be a birthright.)
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To: Graybeard58
A) A fisher isn't a cat, it's the largest of the mink family

B) A fishers favorite food is domestic house cat.

c) The population of fishers has exploded here in upstate NY also because no one is trapping them any more.

15 posted on 10/31/2005 9:07:50 AM PST by xcamel (No more RINOS - Not Now, Not Ever Again.)
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To: Graybeard58

Fishers are nasty little beasts. That said, I'm guessing this guy will obey the leash law with the replacement dog.


16 posted on 10/31/2005 9:12:43 AM PST by Hoodlum91
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To: MotleyGirl70; Jersey Republican Biker Chick; weegee; Graybeard58; Sparky1776
Wow, Talk about, and cute and cuddly little lovable animal.
I want one for a pet......
In fact I want two, they would probably get along with my cats real well.....lol....
17 posted on 10/31/2005 9:13:52 AM PST by vin-one (REMEMBER the WTC !!!!!!!!)
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To: Arthur Wildfire! March

18 posted on 10/31/2005 9:23:54 AM PST by Willie Green (Go Pat Go!!!)
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To: Graybeard58
WEASEL PING.


19 posted on 10/31/2005 9:31:27 AM PST by starfish923 ( Socrates: It is never right to do wrong.)
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To: Jersey Republican Biker Chick
Wow, look at those claws and teeth.
My, grandma, what big teeth you have.
WEASEL PING

20 posted on 10/31/2005 9:35:22 AM PST by starfish923 ( Socrates: It is never right to do wrong.)
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To: Graybeard58
fisher cats


21 posted on 10/31/2005 9:51:56 AM PST by Lazamataz (Islam is merely Nazism without the snappy fashion sense.)
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To: MotleyGirl70

We have a lot of martens in my area. Beautiful pelts.


22 posted on 10/31/2005 11:24:55 AM PST by grellis (Coming in September 2006! SURVIVOR: MORDOR)
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To: Graybeard58
Yeah, I've seen Fisher Cats. Nice ballpark in Manchester, NH


23 posted on 10/31/2005 1:05:54 PM PST by raccoonradio
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To: Boundless
Foxes, coyotes, wolves, bears, wolverines, badgers, fishers, cougars, feral dogs, feral cats, bobcats ...

Badgers?...We don't need no stinkin badgers!...

24 posted on 10/31/2005 8:01:08 PM PST by FDNYRHEROES (Liberals are not optimistic; they are delusional.)
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