Bronx mystery creature identified as a fisher

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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Bronx mystery creature identified as a fisher
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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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