On Wednesday, November 29th, New York State Forest Rangers responded to two incidents of an aggressive fisher (Pekania pennanti) which had bitten two hikers in the Hudson Pointe Nature Preserve in Queensbury, Warren County, NY.
“Both people were walking on trails in the preserve when the small animal, possibly a fisher or similar creature, attacked in unprovoked incidents Wednesday morning,” a press release from Warren County said.
One person was walking their dogs and neither were seriously injured, although one required medical treatment, county officials said.
On Wednesday afternoon Forest Rangers began searching for the animal, found it, and killed it.
The County’s press release said that one person involved in the search was bitten by the same fisher and required medical treatment. The deceased fisher tested positive for rabies according to state health officials.
Fishers, which have an undeserved bad reputation for being aggressive, inhabit a unique ecological niche as a predator of porcupines, and are trapped for their fur. They are typically elusive and have been in decline in some areas of the state for unknown reasons.