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Posted: 12/26/2005 6:56:30 AM EDT
It almost looks too big, though. It might be a pine marten or even a fisher. (Do they like water?) It's been out there for about twenty minutes, paddling around in circles, diving, and pulling it's head and fore-quarters up on chunks of floating ice.
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 6:58:58 AM EDT
Might be a CHUPACABRA, be careful and load more mags.

Do you have a beltfed? If you don't now you have reason to get one....
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 7:00:05 AM EDT
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 7:01:24 AM EDT
Muskrat? They get pretty big sometimes. You better pray it isn't a Nutria Rat!
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 7:01:29 AM EDT

Originally Posted By TheNorm:
Might be a CHUPACABRA, be careful and load more mags.

Do you have a beltfed? If you don't now you have reason to get one....



+1.

Make sure you have a long gun AND pistol, incase you put a full mag into it and
it's still kicking. Transition drill and finish it off.

Consider explosives if you have them.
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 7:02:01 AM EDT
I used to almost always just see them in really inclement weather, whenever it was a heavy snow or rain storm. A Fisher is pretty big and roly-poley compared to a mink, I thought. Might be an otter. We had one follow a stream to our pond, eat some fish, then continue following the stream to the next pond.
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 7:14:55 AM EDT
A lot of Fisher Cats running around here lately ... saw one a week or so ago in broad daylight crossing the road in front of me.
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 7:18:27 AM EDT
<insert the clever 'this post worthless w/o pics' icon here>
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 7:19:51 AM EDT
Otter.
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 7:20:44 AM EDT
Definately not an otter. This is much less graceful and it has a bushy tail. We have a lot of otters here, I'm very familiar with how they (and muskrats and beavers) look and swim. I've seen minks go in and out of the water here before, but I've never seen one "play" like this one. And I've never seen a marten or fisher in the water at all - although I've seen precious few of them anywhere.

It's gone now, but I'm guessing that it was an exceptionally big mink.
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 7:23:28 AM EDT


What google returned for Fisher. Id not heard of a Fisher before now.
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 7:25:23 AM EDT



Kill it. Post pics.



Link Posted: 12/26/2005 7:30:59 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Bubbatheredneck:
Kill it. Post pics.



+1. Do it for the kids.
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 7:33:16 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/26/2005 7:34:42 AM EDT by Dave15]

Originally Posted By Rodent:
Definately not an otter. This is much less graceful and it has a bushy tail. We have a lot of otters here, I'm very familiar with how they (and muskrats and beavers) look and swim. I've seen minks go in and out of the water here before, but I've never seen one "play" like this one. And I've never seen a marten or fisher in the water at all - although I've seen precious few of them anywhere.

It's gone now, but I'm guessing that it was an exceptionally big mink.



10-4. Saw lots of fisher and marten in Maine a few years back,while moose hunting.It was opening day of trapping season.Two cool OLD guys had been around the past few days,setting Conibears at prebaited cubbies.When the season opened,they cleaned up.They stopped in to check on us that eveing,and had quite a few of each.
Have never seen a mink that wasn't dead on the road ,or in a trap.Lots around,just secretive as hell.


ETA: I still hear the old men's voices whenever I see the word MARTEN.They said,"MAHHTIN".
And had the nerve to say I talked funny!
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 7:41:01 AM EDT
Damn Rodent...





Link Posted: 12/26/2005 7:44:40 AM EDT
SHOOT IT and take a picture
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 7:48:39 AM EDT
So did Santa listen to the private and not bring Rodent any gifts this year?
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 7:50:31 AM EDT

It is, quite obviously, an R.O.U.S.
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 8:01:39 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/26/2005 8:02:12 AM EDT by Rodent]

Originally Posted By LWRC_Matt:
www.nysm.nysed.gov/WildSci/mam_picts/fisher.jpg

What google returned for Fisher. Id not heard of a Fisher before now.



This one scares the daylights out of people when they're in my house and suddenly notice it


Link Posted: 12/26/2005 8:05:53 AM EDT

Originally Posted By ARDOC:
So did Santa listen to the private and not bring Rodent any gifts this year?



Private Root Beer definately got more than I did.

(His first words Christmas morning when he came to the top of the stairs and looked at all the presents: "IT WASN'T CANCELLED!!")
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 8:10:02 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/26/2005 8:12:34 AM EDT by TacticalMan]
A mink is a lot larger than a weasel. Mink get about 18" long and they are very playful.
When we were on vacation at the lake this year, my 5yo son chased one around the marina for about 10 minutes. That thing would let him get within about 10 feet and then take off, sometimes into the water and sometimes just flat out down on a dock. It was playing hide-n-seek with the boy.
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 8:19:24 AM EDT
Don't shoot it, they might eat bamboo.
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 8:20:25 AM EDT
beware , they are vicous and can chew threw a grown man's leg in less than a second...
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 8:21:33 AM EDT
Kill it and make a nice stoll for the gf
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 8:33:35 AM EDT

Originally Posted By moparman71:
Kill it and make a nice stolle for the gf



Link Posted: 12/26/2005 8:34:43 AM EDT

Originally Posted By TheNorm:
Might be a CHUPACABRA, be careful and load more mags.

Do you have a beltfed? If you don't now you have reason to get one....



I prefer Chalupacabras... part of the new Taco Bell value menu.
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 8:45:01 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Rodent:

Originally Posted By ARDOC:
So did Santa listen to the private and not bring Rodent any gifts this year?



Private Root Beer definately got more than I did.

(His first words Christmas morning when he came to the top of the stairs and looked at all the presents: "IT WASN'T CANCELLED!!")



Now where would a 3 yo get an idea that Christmas would be cancelled?
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 9:03:44 AM EDT
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 10:11:57 AM EDT

Originally Posted By ARDOC:

Originally Posted By Rodent:
(His first words Christmas morning when he came to the top of the stairs and looked at all the presents: "IT WASN'T CANCELLED!!")



Now where would a 3 yo get an idea that Christmas would be cancelled?



Hey, if I could have convinced him that it was cancelled, it would have saved me thousands over the next few years.

He asked Santa at a store if it was cancelled, then spent the next couple weeks greeting every stranger he met with: "Merry Christmas, it's not cancelled!"
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 10:14:59 AM EDT
Nice marmot.
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 10:17:30 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Meta4:
members.aol.com/caspirgost/rous.jpg

Definitely a RoUS.



I don't they exist.

Link Posted: 12/26/2005 10:27:24 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Rodent:
It almost looks too big, though. It might be a pine marten or even a fisher. (Do they like water?) It's been out there for about twenty minutes, paddling around in circles, diving, and pulling it's head and fore-quarters up on chunks of floating ice.


Link Posted: 12/26/2005 11:12:28 AM EDT
Who cares what it is....



Just Kill It!!!!
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 11:29:44 AM EDT
kill it so you can add it to your list.

688
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 11:34:41 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Pangea:
Muskrat? They get pretty big sometimes. You better pray it isn't a Nutria Rat!



What's the deal with Nutria? About the only time i've seen a nutria is on television with that late show guy. He was shooting them with a suppressed 10/22.....
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