While definitely rare, they have been seen in Monroe Country, Spencerport actually, in the 1960’s. Growing up on the Barge Canal, these critters would be spotted on a regular basis in the woods around our house…and I am FAR from 100 years old thank you very much…
So just because an elusive animal doesn’t jump out for you to photograph does not mean it isn’t there….
Bill Yox and his son, Emil, of Sweden found the carcass of a fisher on the side of Route 19. Once highly valued for their fur, the fisher hasn’t been seen in Monroe County for about 100 years. / LEO ROTH staff photographer
With its long body, the dead animal first appeared to Yox to be a very large mink. But the animal’s hair was long and wire-like instead of straight and the head was wider than a mink’s. His curiosity piqued, Yox circled his vehicle back around two to three times before getting out for a closer look.
“Son of pup, it’s a fisher,” said Yox, an expert on wildlife by trade. “Big paws, a big tail, and blaze on its chest. He was 40 inches long nose to tail, a great big male.”
Raead more: http://www.democratandchronicle.com/article/20110406/NEWS01/104060334/Sweden-pair-find-animal-not-seen-Monroe-century