When the weather gets warmer and we are all outside walking our dogs and spending alot of time enjoying the warm weather and sunshine, be mindful and aware of your surroundings. Spring time brings out many new predators for our small dogs and puppies. Ticks, mosquitos, coyotes, fisher cats, fox, hawks, falcons and owls.
I see so many new puppies in the neighborhood over the past week. I also see them tied to trees as the owners rake their yards or see them running around the invisible fence.
What is to stop a predator from snatching a small puppy out of the yard while the owner isn’t paying attention. An invisible fence can be deadly to a puppy or small dog. Predators can get in and the dog can’t get out or escape. It’s trapped.
One predator that is especially vicious is the Fisher Cat. They are from the weasel family and are increasing in numbers in the United States. THEY WILL ATTACK YOUR PET. They also target chickens. Photos of fisher cats:
Strange how the name of this animal is fisher cat. It’s neither a fish or a cat. Where did it come from? It came from the word fitch which is a European pole cat.
To keeping fisher cats away, remove food that will draw them to your home. Fisher cats are predators that are attracted by food. They eat berries and fruit when it’s available. However, the fisher cat favors meat, but also might be attracted to bird feeders, seed beneath the feeders, or water sources in the yard.
Fisher cats are extremely vicious predators. Your small pet will not be any match for them. Fisher cats have been known to stalk and kill house pets.
It has been know that fisher cats go after and kill cats. Keep your cat indoors, as well as any small dogs. Do NOT leave any pet unattended. Larger dogs may actually keep fisher cats away. Remove decaying organic materials from your yard. Fisher cats will nest in this, such as logs, stumps & brush.
Trim your brushes and trees. Mow the lawn regularly so that they have fewer hiding places.