This fisher recently was captured on trail camera by two graduate students conducting field research on the spread of the animals into eastern North Dakota. Members of the weasel family, fishers are more common in heavily wooded areas such as those in northern Minnesota but recently have become more abundant in North Dakota. Frostburg State University, Md., graduate students Maggie Triska, Wilton, N.D., and partner Steve Loughry have been in the field since late May, setting up trail cameras on the Pembina, Tongue and Red Rivers north of Grand Forks as well as the Pembina Hills. More recently, Triska said they also have set trail cameras south of Grand Forks along the Turtle, Red, Goose and Sheyenne Rivers. “We got quite a few fisher detections in the north, but so far they’re limited in the south,” Triska said in an e-mail update. This is the second summer the graduate students have spent looking at fisher abundance in North Dakota.
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