July #SuperSnap

The July #SuperSnap goes to this fantastic trail camera image of a fisher from Dunn County! This type of fisher doesn’t require a pole and net to catch their food. Fishers instead use their retractable claws, sharp teeth, and agile body when on the hunt for a meal. They also rarely eat fish as their name might imply. They most commonly prey on other terrestrial mammals, including snowshoe hares, squirrels, and even porcupines. This species is omnivorous, so they will also consume nuts, fruits, and mushrooms when available.

A huge thanks to Zooniverse participant @smeurett for this #SuperSnap nomination.

Continue classifying photos on Zooniverse and sharing your favorites with #SuperSnap – your submission might just be next month’s featured photo! Check out all of the nominations by searching “#SuperSnap” on the Snapshot Wisconsin Talk boards.

 

Sources:

http://naturemappingfoundation.org/natmap/facts/fisher_k6.html 

https://dnr.wisconsin.gov/topic/WildlifeHabitat/furbearers.html

https://animalia.bio/fisher

https://www.massaudubon.org/learn/nature-wildlife/mammals/fishers/about

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About jessicaknackert

Jessica Knackert is a natural resources educator and research technician for Snapshot Wisconsin. She received her bachelor’s degree in Life Sciences Communication and Zoology with a minor in Environmental Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Jessica has a background in carnivore ecology research in both Madison, Wisconsin and Akagera National Park, Rwanda. She also has experience in science journalism and outreach. In her free time, Jessica enjoys biking, kayaking/paddle boarding, and reading.

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