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    Default Fisher cat kills 69 turkeys on local farm

    PLAINFIELD, Connecticut
    It was near midnight Tuesday when Elena Hermonot heard intense barking from her two dogs and she knew something was wrong on the farm.

    She headed outside to investigate and when she looked into the cage where she and her husband, Rick, keep their 1,200 turkeys at Ekonk Hill Turkey Farm in Sterling, she saw a fisher running away and dozens of turkeys savagely killed.

    "She saw one, then two, and by the time she was done, she counted 68," Rick Hermonot said. "If she hadn't gone out there, it would've kept killing and killing."

    Rick Hermonot was away on business at the time. He said he doesn't know how many fishers attacked the turkeys, but it likely was just one since the animal is known to be solitary.



    Regardless, the Hermonots' profit for the year was lost in a matter of minutes.

    "This 68 turkeys represents our profit margin," he said. "It's hard for me to comprehend that a fisher cat would kill that much. They just go for the neck and rip the throat right out."

    Larry Prioux, an animal control officer in Griswold, referred to the slender, furry mammal in a 2004 Norwich Bulletin article as "killing machines" after several attacks on domestic animals in the area.

    The Hermonots had an experience with a fisher three years ago. The animal attacked their turkeys, killing 22.

    Rick Hermonot said this is a new, disturbing occurrence.

    "Up until about three years ago, you wouldn't see a fisher cat," he said.

    Department of Environmental Protection Dennis Schain said fishers are native to the area, and aside from a 26 day trapping season, there are no methods of controlling the animal.

    "People just need to take the best safeguards possible," he said.

    The Hermonots said from now they will lock their turkeys in the barn to ensure there will be no more attacks.

    Habitat: Large tracts of coniferous or mixed hardwood-softwood forests containing large trees suitable for making dens.

    Weight: Males 8 to 10 pounds; females: 4 to 6 pounds.

    Length: Males: 36 to 40 inches; females: 30 to 36 inches.

    Diet: Squirrels, rabbits, mice, voles, carrion, fruits, mast (primarily beechnuts), porcupines, birds, frogs, turkeys.

    Identification: The fisher’s long, slender body, short legs and elongated, bushy tail are usually dark brown to nearly black. The tail, rump and feet are darkest, in contrast to the head and shoulders, which are lighter in color and often grizzled in appearance, especially in males.
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    Quote Originally Posted by voivod View Post
    ...The Hermonots said from now they will lock their turkeys in the barn to ensure there will be no more attacks.
    Gee, now there's an idea. Perhaps it would have had greater effect if they'd tried that THREE YEARS AGO, when they lost 22 turkeys THE FIRST TIME.
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    ALSO -

    If 69 of 1200 turkeys is your profit margin, find another business...
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    ...that's right around 6% net...

    ...which may be a little low for some industries/businesses, but in the ag field, that sounds about right...

    ...just saying...

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    Man, that thing really hates turkeys.

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    Sounds like that fisher was expecting a large crowd for Thanksgiving...
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