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    I saw one last june .I was fishing oconluftee,not far upstream of the visitor center.I was taking a break,sitting by the creek just watching the water and eating my peanut butter and jelly sandwich.Saw something moving in the woods along the edge of the stream.It was very dark ,almost black,and about the size of an average house cat with a bushy tail.I know it wasn`t a mink or a marten,weasel or otter.When I got home I started researching such critters and found it.Fisher Cat. I think that is a rare sighting,or maybe not.Anyone else seen one?

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    Did you report it to the park staff? Interesting thread.

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    Fishers are typically found in the far norther US and into Canada. If it was a fisher, he was 1000 miles out of his native range. You also mentioned a small bushy tail, fishers have a decentlu long tail, about 2/3 the leangth of their body. A very odd sighting none the less. Im guessing you looked at pics of lots of small mamals though, and sometimes animals do wander. My uncle had a boat on the ohio river up near pittsburgh and one year a pellican showed up and stayed all summer. Weird things happen.

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    I saw one this past Saturday along the banks of the LPR however I am going to assume it was just a large mink. I was fishing a hole and he caught my eye going up and down the bank very close to the water. It was rather large and a deep dark chocolate/coffee color and a similar tail to what was described by OP. Fishers are mostly nocturnal from what I hear and as others have said are more concentrated in northern climates. Also, they don't even eat fish contrary to what their name may imply.... but who knows?? I think all those critters look almost exactly the same so not 100% sure what I saw either...

    Tight Lines,

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    Knothead,I didn`t report it.I had no idea what I had seen until I started looking at photos.Fisher never entered my mind until then.

    2wgt, I didn`t make it very clear in my description,but this critter had a long bushy tail and the body was bulkier and more muscular than any mink or marten I`ve ever seen,much larger also.It wasn`t interested in the creek,just scratching around in the woods.Your right about about their range.I agree that it would very unusual to see one in this part of the country.

    Tn fly fisher, Your right,who knows,I`m not 100% sure either.But I am sure what I saw looked like the pics of a fisher

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    Up in Maine over 25 years I only ever saw three Fisher; so even where they normally range it is uncommon to view them. Two were seen while deer hunting and one while turkey hunting. The first one I saw was stalking squirrels and caught one while I watched... they are vicious critters.

    It's pretty cool that you saw one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2weightfavorite View Post
    Fishers are typically found in the far norther US and into Canada. If it was a fisher, he was 1000 miles out of his native range. You also mentioned a small bushy tail, fishers have a decentlu long tail, about 2/3 the leangth of their body. A very odd sighting none the less. Im guessing you looked at pics of lots of small mamals though, and sometimes animals do wander. My uncle had a boat on the ohio river up near pittsburgh and one year a pellican showed up and stayed all summer. Weird things happen.
    Same thing for grouse but with the cooler temps in the mountains we get a few.

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    Actually, TWRA released some Fishers several years ago in Catoosa WMA but, as far as I know all but, 3-4 are accounted for....... dead. It is hard telling exactly what all is roaming around in the park. People will drop off about anything in the parking. I was told years ago that there were weasels in TN but, until I saw one, one night on Calderwood lake I didn't believe it. No, telling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueRaiderFan View Post
    Same thing for grouse but with the cooler temps in the mountains we get a few.
    Saw one of those on Friday as well... flushed it on the trail in to cross Thunderhead in that tight woods. Scared the $%#@ out of me, like they always do. Little buggers take off right at your feet and wait till the last moment like they are doing it intentionally...

    Upon further review, it looks like there actually could be some fishers down here...

    http://www.defenders.org/wildlife_an...ife/fisher.php

    Tight Lines,

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    Did it look like this ?

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