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Martes pennanti

Order Carnivora



Fisher climbing a tree

New York State Department of Education

Also known as: Fisher Cat, Pekan

Fast Facts

Distribution of Fisher in Yukon
Length 50-70 cm
Weight 2-6 kg
Lifespan 10 years
Predators Humans

Conservation Status

Yukon S2S4 (Imperilled/Apparently Secure)
Global G5 (Secure)
Yukon population estimate:  Not determined - Rare




Fishers have no direct connection to fish and are actually at home more in the trees than by the water.  They are solitary animals with a large home range with large densely packed conifers.  Fishers are specially adapted to hunt porcupines; they are able to climb head-first down trees to attack climbing porcupines head-on biting the vulnerable neck and belly.  Fishers sleep in hollow trees, logs, stumps, brush piles, rock falls, and abandoned beaver dens.


Porcupines, small mammals, birds, carrion, berries, lichens.

Sights and sounds

Fisher front trackFisher Hind Track

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Front: 6.3 x 7 cm Hind: 6.3

 x 6 cm




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