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Release #059-07 Dead Fisher in Schuylkill County
« on: May 18, 2007, 09:12:44 PM »
Release #059-07

GAME COMMISSION CONFIRMS DEAD FISHER IN SCHUYLKILL COUNTY

According to Pennsylvania Game Commission officials, an adult fisher recently was hit on a rural road in Pine Grove Township, Schuylkill County, resulting in the first record of a fisher killed in the area since a reintroduction program in 1994.  

The fisher, one of the largest members of the weasel family, was found by a local man who contacted the Game Commission about the animal he saw beside the road.  Schuylkill County Wildlife Conservation Officer (WCO) Will Dingman responded to the call and identified it as a fisher.

"Schuylkill County just got a little wilder," said WCO Dingman, who noted that the county also is home to furbearers ranging from coyotes and bobcats to mink and weasels.  "This animal's death is unfortunate, but the silver lining is that it likely means fishers are present.

"It wasn't hit in a largely forested section of the county, as one would expect.  In fact, it was more than half-a mile from the nearest mountain.  This fisher was working lowland habitat not far from Sweet Arrow Lake."

For more information, please visit the Pennsylvania Game Commission - State Wildlife Management Agency website: http://www.pgc.state.pa.us/pgc/cwp/view.asp?a=11&Q=171769
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