Mostly Trapping

Trappers Assist Ongoing Fisher Research
Mar 11, 2020 14:39 ET
Comments: DEC initiated a study on fisher populations (http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/9357.html) in 2019, after harvest data showed a possible decline in fishers in certain wildlife management units within the Adirondack Park. DEC biologists hope to use these results to get reproductive and survival rates of fisher in the central Adirondacks. They will then compare results with more robust fisher populations in the Tug Hill area. Thanks to some dedicated trappers providing expertise and trapping assistance, this field season has been a great success thus far! Biologists have captured over 30 fisher this winter, including seven females that have been outfitted with GPS collars. Blood tests done by Cornell University suggest that several of these females are expecting young. In the spring, DEC biologists will attempt to successfully track these females to dens. By monitoring these dens using game cameras, DEC can get a better idea of the number of kits each female has and monitor their survival and movements throughout the year.