Fisher Cats Killing Family Pets in Boston? (Video)
Fisher Cats Are Being Blamed For Killing a Number of Family Pets in the Metrowest Area of Boston
One resident even told WCVB Boston that they had caught a fisher cat on video and believe that the high number of pets disappearing from the area are due to fisher cats.
In Andover, residents have been putting up posters but it won't do any good if their pets are not missing.
"Signs everywhere. 'Lost dogs. Family heartbroken. Please help.' And you just know they're not coming back," professional dog walker Debi Whitcomb said.
There have been numerous other sightings as well, with some people even saying they saw a fisher cat on their back porches in the middle of the day. One Dover resident, Linda Ribeiro, who has lost two cats and a dog, told WCVB that she saw a fisher cat as big as her coffee table two weeks ago.
"Almost looked like a sea serpent or something. The head was up and then it came down to short front legs and then the back goes up and arches and then this long tail that's stuck up in the air," she said.
People are being asked to try and protect their pets and even small children.
Wildlife officials say that while the fisher cat was almost extinct in this area a short while ago, they have now rebounded and thriving as they have few predators besides man.
Residents are asked not to leave out any garbage and to keep pets inside if they can.
Video of a fisher cat in the area in 2009: