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Update on Northern Zone Fisher Population Study
Jun 7, 2021 10:10 ET
Update on Northern Zone Fisher Population Study

DEC staff, in partnership with researchers from SUNY ESF, are conducting a study to better understand fisher populations and survival across the Northern Hunting Zone (north of Route 29). With the help of trappers, we have live-captured over 120 fisher since the project began in 2017. Adult females are fitted with GPS collars to locate and monitor dens and reproduction. When a den is located, DEC staff monitor the area with trail cameras to better understand kit production and survival. We are currently monitoring over 60 collared fisher, including several adult females with kits. The information will help us determine season dates and ensure sustainable harvest opportunities for this important furbearer.


(Photo of a fisher caught on a trail camera)