Bronx mystery creature identified as a fisher

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Bronx Mystery Creature Identified

An unidentified creature has been scurrying through the streets of a Bronx neighborhood for the past few months freaking residents out, but there's no need to be alarmed: the animal has been identified as a fisher.

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A stone marten is seen in the Zoological Garden in Dresden, Germany, Thursday, March 9, 2006. The H5N1 bird flu virus has been found in a stone marten, a German laboratory said Thursday, indicating the disease has spread to another species of mammal. The weasel-like animal was found on the island of Ruegen in north Germany on March 2. (AP Photo/Matthias Rietschel)
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Zoologist Roland Kays of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences told WCBS the creature is a fisher, a member of the weasel family that used to be native to New York City before it was settled by the Dutch. The fur trade eventually pushed the fishers further upstate.

While it has scared some Bronx residents, it does eat rats, so we could see less rats on New York City subways. They also don't pose a threat to humans.

Still, if you live in the Bronx areas, you might want to keep a closer watch on your small dogs and cats as Kays said fishers have been known to go after them as well.

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