"Despite their names, fishers
don't really eat fish. They acquired this name from the word fisse or
visse which was the Dutch word for the polecat of Europe. The Dutch
thought the fisher looked like a polecat and "visse" sounded like "
fisher" to the English. The confusion resulted in the fisher's name.
The fisher likes heavy forests and riverine areas to hunt. They are one
of the few mammals that prey on porcupines. They also eat rabbits, carrion,
fruits nuts and mushrooms.
males are much larger than females. Females become pregnant in the
spring and do not have their kits until the following spring. Females
have between one to Three kits in a large tree hollow.
I saw a
fisher cross the road in Yellowstone National park when I was a child. I
am hoping to see one much closer someday, at Tahquamenon."