WILD NEW JERSEY EXCLUSIVE: Wolverine-like fisher returns to New Jersey
The fisher has returned to New Jersey after a century away. (Photo courtesy of Charles Kontos).
Fishers - a species more associated with the vast Canadian forests than the densely populated northeast - have returned to New Jersey. Rutgers conservation biologist Charles Kontos has been studying the fisher for the last three years, and in October 2006 his motion camera traps documented the first verified sighting of the fisher in New Jersey after a 100-year hiatus. There have since been at least five other verified sightings. See Kontos's website, www.njfishers.org, for more details about this amazing return.
On a recent weekend, Wild New Jersey's David Wheeler visited with Kontos in Stokes State Forest, one of the fisher's haunts. Following are photos from that visit, and we will be taking a look at some of Kontos's other thrilling wildlife sightings in the rugged northwest portion of New Jersey- from bobcats and black bears to coyotes and otters - in a future Wild New Jersey exclusive: