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Old 09-28-2011, 09:01 AM
 
Location: South Portland, Maine
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I can't help it, but I've seen it mentioned on here a couple of times... The animal is not a fishercat. It is just a fisher. It is a part of the weasel family. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fisher_(animal)
My 8 year old is obsessed with Fisher's... well, the "phase" is slowing down.. But still I know more then I ever thought I would about Fisher's

Gray animal farm has one that is usually pretty active pacing about..
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Old 09-28-2011, 09:05 AM
 
Location: South Portland, Maine
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Our dog had a "meeting" with a skunk three weeks ago and even after several treatments still is referred to as "puppy la pew." Hopefully your dog won't decide to chase the black and white ***** cat.
Hey my neighbor, who is a chemical engineer, said there was a formula that all of the ingredients readily available that immdediatly counter act the oder of skunk on dogs.. you clean the dog with it.. I am sure its not a secret but if need be I can find out if you like.. they have dogs and according to him the dog being sprayed is no longer the catastrophy it used to be..
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Old 09-28-2011, 12:33 PM
 
Location: Way South of the Volvo Line
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I use a "de-skunk" formula of hydrogen peroxide solution and ordinary dish soap or shampoo. You can find the exact recipe on many vet sites.

As far as the term "fisher cat", it is a colloquialism. I'm sure the fishers don't care if you use the "cat" part or not. Fishers actually like cats a lot.

And here are some facts about hibernators.

Hibernation

Most mammalian hibernators will wake at some time during the winter interval. I've seen chipmunks many times in Jan. or Feb. as they take a quick stretch. Nature doesn't like absolutes in any definition.
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Old 09-28-2011, 01:14 PM
 
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To scare away skunks and such just make a clicking noise with your tounge. they will usually saunter away. [very calmly as well]. I used this while working security at a campground in Maine and it would work almost every time [I did have one old grandpa of a skunk refuse to budge till he was done with the garbage the campers had not put in the dumpster.]
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Old 09-29-2011, 05:26 AM
 
Location: Maine
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Most mammalian hibernators will wake at some time during the winter interval. I've seen chipmunks many times in Jan. or Feb. as they take a quick stretch. Nature doesn't like absolutes in any definition.
That answers my question about why they're storing so much food. Are you seeing them under feeders?
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Old 09-29-2011, 05:01 PM
 
Location: Way South of the Volvo Line
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I used to see them under the bird feeders , when I maintained feeding. these days I can't budget for feeding the birds, too so I see the chippies scrambling around the woodpile looking for one of their many caches.
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Old 10-01-2011, 06:59 PM
 
Location: West in the winter, north in the summer
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Re the term "Bug"...while with the Marine Patrol, we hear the term plenty. Mostly out near Matinicus..but then again they still use sails to keep the prow into the wind.
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Old 10-03-2011, 11:18 PM
 
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Woodchucks are true hibernators and Maine has plenty of them, as nearly anybody's unguarded garden can attest: Groundhog - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 10-03-2011, 11:27 PM
 
Location: Central Maine
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Woodchucks are true hibernators and Maine has plenty of them, as nearly anybody's unguarded garden can attest: Groundhog - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
I never knew woodchucks would, or even could, climb trees. Anyone ever seen one in a tree?
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Old 10-04-2011, 10:19 AM
 
Location: NJ
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Yep, shot a few out of cherry trees. They climb for the fruit.

They are raised for research and have been critical in liver cancer , infect hep vaccines. One of the cleanest animals with few diseases and a good model for human research.

The males are fierce fighters and I have seen two males locked in battle roll out to the middle line of a busy highway and roll back, all the while ripping each other up.

Did a lot of long range shooting to help farmers reduce the 'herd' and after the shot you see all the scars and one eyed warriors. They are a tough bunch. See the other thread where I just posted a photo of a chuck who decided to rip apart the cushion on our swing and tear out the stuffing to line its den. That's a new one on me.

Watched a fox move pups into a chuck den and stay there for a few weeks. The day after the den was abandoned by the fox I saw a chuck moving back in.
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