Weasel-like fisher returns to northern Michigan

Fisher/Michigan DNR

A weasel-like mammal called the "fisher" is showing up once more in Michigan's Lower Peninsula as the species continues to recover after disappearing from the state in the last century.

The fisher has short legs, small ears and a thick, dark fur. It once roamed across all of Michigan but was gone by 1936 as logging wiped out its habitat and trappers over-harvested those that remained for their pelts.

State wildlife officials reintroduced fishers to the Upper Peninsula in the 1960s, and they've gradually spread. Now, the Department of Natural Resources says one fisher's presence has been confirmed in the northern Lower Peninsula's Presque Isle County. The DNR released a photo of the animal Monday.

Fishers are the only known North American mammal that can kill and eat porcupines.