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<span style="font-size: 14pt">Trapper catches albino fisher</span>
Posted on December 5, 2012 by Sam Cook


<span style="font-style: italic">John Jugovich of Chisholm holds two fishers he caught during the recent fisher trapping season. The one on the left is an albino.</span>

John Jugovich of Chisholm holds two fishers he trapped in this fall’s recent season for marten and fisher. One is an albino, while the other is the normal color of a fisher.

The albino fisher weighed about 8 pounds, Jugovich said. He trapped it near Buhl on Nov. 28. Jugovich got his limit (two) for fisher, but was unable to catch a pine marten, he said.

Albinism is caused when an animal inherits a trait that interrupts the production of melanin, which gives animals their skin color.

Chris Balzer, Department of Natural Resources area wildlife manager at Cloquet, said any vertebrate animal can have albino traits, although it is rare.

“It doesn’t surprise me,” Balzer said. “But I’ve checked a lot of fisher at fur registrations over the years, and I’ve never seen one.”
 

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That is an awesome looking animal, even if not a true albino (black nose) it is a once in lifetime catch and will look cery nice mounted.
 

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Just to inform the guys that say it isn't a true albino, you are wrong. Just because it doesn't have pink eyes or a pink nose, doesn't mean it isn't a true albino. For certain animals it is genetically impossible to change. Now I am not positive about a fishers genetics (never had the chance to study them in college), but by definition that is a true albino.
 

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It looks sub-albino to me. Happens in deer and some other critters. All white, but have normal eyes and normal nose/lip color. Sometimes you will find a leucistic- they have blue/white looking eyes. I've seen pics of some pale blond coyotes with light noses, lips, and pale eyes. They were live market yotes, so the pics were taken of them alive. The seller ( who was offering them dead to taxidermists) was calling them leucistic.

There are lots of mutations out there. I have some sampson type foxes that are not full sampsons, so I call them sampson sub-types. Also the foxes with white toes or white legs are another mutation. Fox farmers play around with all of these things as well as the normal color phases, and create other color phases. I find the eastern coyote color phases to be rather interesting too. Everyone who comes into my taxidermy showroom asks about the blond and black coyotes, wanting to know what they are. I reply- "coyotes" LOL.
 

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I am just glad the caption explained to me that it was the critter on the left that was the 'albino'!!!!
Otherwise, I'd be completely lost....
 

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Btw it looks like it weighs more than 8 pounds. It's a male and looks decent sized, they run 10-12 pounds usually. Unless the trapper is a small kinda guy.
 

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hunter4095 said:
Now that's a score right there.. But it don't look to be albino
Id have to agree. Albinism usually lacks pigment in the eyes and nose. True albino deer and humans have pink eyes and nose(deer). Either way definitely a neat catch. Id like to see a brown one in one of my traps this week.
 
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