Fisher next to a small pond in a Massachusetts forest © Scott Eggimann
Fisher © Scott Eggimann

Many people call them "fisher cats" and report hearing them scream at night. But fishers aren't cats (they're in the weasel family), don't catch fish, and they never scream (or make much sound at all). Get the facts about fishers—their appearance, life cycles, behaviors, and history. Read more >

Fishers are secretive and elusive creatures—they keep their distance from humans and don't den under buildings. However, fisher sightings have increased significantly since 2000, which may cause concern among some homeowners. What to do if you see a fisher >

By the Numbers: Fishers

By the Numbers: Fishers

Contrary to popular belief, a "fisher cat" isn't a cat (fishers are weasels) and they don't scream at night (or make much sound at all). Get the facts >