Originally Posted by Potter Co. Joe
The article is quite contradictory.
In the side bar it says , as Fisher prey resources declined, so did the Fishers.
And by the mid 1920's the Fisher was all but gone.
Ok, in the graph that's listed of today's current Fisher prey the Vole is a whopping # 1 in there diet.
Go back to the mid 1920's was it the shortage of Voles that led to the Fishers decline or the shortage of Deer and Turkeys?
So what Species of prey declined to the point it had such a dramatic effect on the Fisher population?
I'd be willing to bet it wasn't the Vole. Records show what the Deer and Turkey numbers were back then. (Low)
Whether you agree or disagree with the USP, The spring 2018 news letter has an article in it questioning the PGC in regards to
Them reintroducing the Fisher and the effect on small game numbers they have had. A fact that small game has another Top End Predator to deal with.
So maybe they are not effecting the Turkeys but along with Coyotes the Fisher is another Killing machine.
It just makes me wonder was the timing of this article in Game News a coincidence or a defensive response to the USP claims that the Fisher reintroduction was a mistake an the PGC is trying to cover its Tracks. ( no pun intended).
The disappearance of the fisher probably had a lot less to do with the decline in prey than the decline in forested habitat. If you study the history of the state you will find that around the turn of the century our state was covered with lumber camps as they cut down pretty much every tree out there. The hillsides were bare of tree for hundreds of miles in just about any direction you looked. Those lumber camps also all had professional hunters who killed everything they could to feed the hungry Lumber Jacks. If it wasn't something to kill for food it was killed for its pelt.
So by the turn of the century they had killed just about everything. But, even if they hadn't there was no place for a fisher to live. Fisher are forest dwelling animals and there was simply no forest left. Besides food all animals also need the basic habitat requirements and what was needed for fisher to survive was simply gone in both habitat and food.
As the forests started to regenerate some small animal and game species started to come back into existence and eventually even thrived in a thick understory. Many other species, including deer, elk, turkey and beaver were reintroduced to kind of jump start their populations again.
But, all of the evidence pretty clearly shows that fisher are not a significant predator for deer or turkey. Now if you are a vole or a rabbit the fisher might be something to worry about, but for a deer or turkey fisher probably aren't much of a concern. Fisher don't use stealth while hunting so they aren't sneaking up on much of anything while hunting especially while climbing around in a tree. Fisher make a lot of noise in a tree and any turkey in a tree is simply going to fly away from their approach.