DEC staff, in partnership with researchers from SUNY ESF, are conducting a study to better understand fisher population dynamics and survival across the agency’s Northern Zone in Northern New York.
With the help of trappers, DEC has live-captured over 120 fisher since the project began in 2017. Adult females are fitted with GPS collars to locate and monitor dens and reproduction. When a den is located, DEC staff monitor the area with trail cameras to better understand kit production and survival.
Over 60 collared fisher are currently being monitored, including several adult females with kits. Ultimately, these data will help to better understand the population dynamics of fisher in the Northern Zone, and will be used to inform trapping season regulations.
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Photo of fisher with a collar captured on a trail camera provided by DEC.