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Thread #159332   Message #4002585
Posted By: keberoxu
29-Jul-19 - 02:17 PM
Thread Name: BS: a fisher-cat thread
Subject: RE: BS: a fisher-cat thread
Well, I can't change the opening post.
As recent posts suggest, there are errors and inaccuracies --
I just plain got it wrong --
in the original post.

Let me, however, attempt amends.

These quotes come from the Wikipedia "fisher" article, which has
numerous primary sources in its footnotes.

"Fishers have had a long history of contact with humans,
but most of it has been to the detriment of fisher populations."

"Fishers have been trapped since the 18th century.
They have been popular with trappers due to the value of their fur,
which has been used for scarves and neck pieces."

"Despite the name 'fisher,' the animal is not known to eat fish.
The name is instead related to the word 'fitch'
meaning a European polecat (Mustela putorius)
or pelt thereof, due to the resemblance to that animal.
The name comes from colonial Dutch equivalent
'fisse' or 'visse.'
In the French language, the pelt of a polecat
is also called 'fiche' or 'fichet.'

Fisher on Wikipedia

The Dutch also referred to said European polecat as a 'Stinkmarter'.