Fisher (Martes pennanti)

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  1.   1.  Description
  2.   2.  Range
  3.   3.  Speech
  4.   4.  Uses
    1.   4.1  Fur
  5.   5.  More
  6.   6.  'Souls
Latin Name Martes pennanti
Common Name fisher, pekan, pequam, wejack, fisher cat
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1.  Description

The fisher is a medium-sized mammal native to North America. It is a member of the mustelid family, commonly referred to as the Weasel family. The fisher is closely related to but larger than the Marten. Their bodies are long, thin, and low to the ground.

Males and females are similar in appearance but the males are larger. Males are 90–120 cm (35–47 in) in length and weigh 3.5 to 6 kilograms (8–13 lb). Females measure 75–95 cm (30–37 in) and weigh 2–2.5 kg (4–6 lb).

Fishers are omnivorous and feed on a wide variety of small animals and occasionally fruits and mushrooms. They show a preference for the Snowshoe Hare and are one of the few predators able to hunt Porcupine. Despite their name, fishers seldom eat fish.

2.  Range

Across 'Souls. They prefer continuous forest to other habitats. Fishers prefer areas with continuous overhead cover with greater than 80% coverage and will avoid areas with less than 50% coverage. They are prolific in the Ethereal Eclipse area.

3.  Speech

According to our Speech Guide, this creature speaks Low Speech naturally. It is therefore not able to communicate with Luperci in its natural state. However, this creature is listed as having the ability to comprehend high speech, and may be able to learn to speak broken high speech.

4.  Uses

4.1  Fur

The fisher's fur changes with the season and differs slightly between sexes. Males have coarser coats than females. In the early winter, the coats are dense and glossy, ranging from 30 mm (1 in) on the chest to 70 mm (3 in) on the back. The color ranges from deep brown to black, although it appears to be much blacker in the winter when contrasted with white snow. From the face to the shoulders, fur can be hoary-gold or silver due to tricolored guard hairs. The underside of a fisher is almost completely brown except for randomly placed patches of white or cream-colored fur. In the summer, the fur color is more variable and may lighten considerably.

The best pelts are from winter trapping with secondary quality pelts from spring trapping. The lowest-quality furs come from out of season trapping when fishers are moulting. They are easily trapped, and the value of their fur was a particular incentive for catching this species.

5.  More

6.  'Souls

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