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Who’s This?

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We have a new intruder on the property, one we didn’t even recognize. When Delilah triggered on something in one of the stalls in the barn, Cyndie reeled in the leash to keep them separated and stepped up to snap a photo of the mysterious critter.

Do you know what this is?

We searched a range of wild animal images and whittled our way down to this: fisher.

This led to more questions than answers. Is it just passing through? Was it seeking a chicken dinner? Why was it out in the daylight?

Cyndie brought Delilah up to the house, grabbed my pocket camera and headed back to the barn in hopes of capturing a better image. By the time she got there, the animal had vanished.

Where did it go?

Cyndie subsequently made multiple trips out to check on the chickens, just in case. By sundown, all eight hens were secure on the roost in the coop.

In a curious side note, we have not been finding very many eggs in the nest boxes lately. Oddly, Cyndie found an egg on the ground outside the coop this afternoon. We don’t know what’s going on there.

Maybe the fisher is smart enough to take eggs instead of hens. Wouldn’t want to harm the golden goose chicken.

Time to set up the trail cam again, I guess.

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Written by johnwhays

August 16, 2019 at 6:00 am

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  1. Could it be a porcupine?

    Barry

    August 20, 2019 at 8:40 am

    • Possibly, if it had those pointy quills that porcupines tend to have. Didn’t look like it.

      johnwhays

      August 20, 2019 at 8:44 am

  2. I’ve certainly never seen one.

    Jim Parker (@drjparker)

    August 18, 2019 at 6:05 pm

    • It’s quite a surprise to suddenly come upon a creature we don’t even recognize inside our one of our buildings.

      johnwhays

      August 18, 2019 at 8:05 pm


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