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Fisher and Porcupine

Part of Bernard Family Hall of North American Mammals.

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November at Sunrise
Mount Washington, New Hampshire

As dawn breaks, a fisher has discovered its favorite prey, a porcupine, descending a tree. Fishers have quick reflexes and a low-slung body—all the makings of a porcupine killer. First, a fisher will circle the animal, nimbly dodging lashes of the heavily quilled tail. Then it will dart in to bite the porcupine’s unquilled face, attacking repeatedly until subdued.

Fishers can even climb after a porcupine in a tree and attack from above. This porcupine’s safest bet is to climb higher and keep its tail down.

Northern Temperate Forest
White Mountains, New Hampshire

Here at the base of Mount Washington, fishe