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Fisher Cat Prowling Around

This morning, Friday, April 13, 2018, screams were heard behind Building 6 (73-103 Berrington Road) on Liberty Commons’ conservation parcel of land that abuts Wildwood Condominiums. The “screams” are believed to be from a Martes Pennanti, more commonly known as a “fisher cat,” the second largest member of the weasel family found in Massachusetts.

For the most part fishers are carnivores, although they will eat berries and fruit when available. They eat rabbits, snowshoe hares, squirrels, raccoons, mice, reptiles, amphibians, insects, carrion (dead or decaying animal flesh), and occasionally house cats. Even though fishers do not catch live fish, they will eat dead fish found on the shore of a lake or pond.

Unit Owners and Non-Owner Residents should use an abundance of care and caution when navigating Liberty Commons’ property and the surrounding area from dusk to dawn, keep clear of wild animals, including, but not limited to the use of dumpster after dusk and before dawn.

Liberty Commons is surrounded by an abundance of open undeveloped land, therefore, coyotes, foxes, bears, turkeys, racoons, skunks, deer and even a goat have been observed on Liberty Commons’ property. For the safety of all Unit Owners and Non-Owner Residents, no domesticated or wild animal shall be fed, provided water, nor sheltered anywhere in Liberty Commons’ Common Area or Limited Commons Areas. No one is to provide any type of enticement for stray or wild animals.

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