It’s hard to believe that 2013 marks the 4th year that we’ve had fishers on the Stirling district denning and giving birth! Over the last couple of weeks we have been busy trying to locate dens. As of today, I am happy to report we have confirmed that 9 of the females we are tracking have settled into behavior consistent with denning (using the same tree over multiple days). So far we have located dens from 4 of the year-2 translocates, 2 from year-3 translocates, and 3 from fishers that were born on Stirling. We found the first den this year on March 18th, the earliest recorded over the 4 years!
As Colin pointed out a few weeks back, this year marks the first time that we are able to document fishers that were born on Stirling giving birth to kits of their own. It is very encouraging to find 3 of these individuals in dens! We are hoping that within the next week, we will have a fairly complete picture of denning throughout the district (well, those we are tracking). There are still a couple of fishers that seem to have not settled yet, or that we haven’t been able to get to.
As we are starting to collect pictures from the remote cameras, we have been seeing a lot of males visiting the dens. In fact, we have documented males at each of the 7 dens that we have retrieved pictures from, with many having multiple males visiting! Included in these are a few males which have no collar, or collars without any transmitter. We definitely missed a few during the fall trapping!
I’ve included a slideshow with some of the more interesting photos we have collected so far. Hopefully it won’t be too long now before we start seeing some kits!