Trail camera captures rarely seen mammal in northeastern Iowa

A trail camera captured this photo of a fisher in November in Allamakee County. It's the first official sighting of the mammal in Iowa since the 1800s. (Ryan Cross/ Iowa Dept. of Natural Resources)
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ALLAMAKEE COUNTY, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- A trail camera captured a photo of an animal not seen in Iowa in about 150 years, according to the Department of Natural Resources.

The agency said the trail cam photo from November in Allamakee County is the first documented sighting of a fisher since the 1800s.

The Minnesota DNR reports fishers are expanding into southeast Minnesota, and the Iowa DNR said that is likely where this one came from.

The fisher is a carnivore and a cousin to the weasel, otter and mink. They are known for their fierceness.

According to the organization Defenders of Wildlife, "Fishers eat snowshoe hares, rabbits, rodents and birds, and are one of the few specialized predators of porcupines. Fishers are effective hunters, but are also known to eat insects, nuts, and berries when prey is not available. They are agile and swift and are also excellent climbers."

The Iowa DNR said it is not yet known if fishers will reestablish themselves in Iowa,