The Fisher's Scream

Until recently, I attributed the chilling screams that came out of the woods to fishers, or, as they’re often inaccurately called, “fisher cats.” It was a given—a truthful wives’ tale, a fun tidbit about a neighborhood critter. Fishers scream. You’ll never see them do it, but they do. 

I first learned of the fisher’s scream during elementary school, sitting in my friend’s treehouse. He told me a fisher was responsible for the disappearance of a classmate’s cat, and that fishers shriek like banshees. Those vivid notions stuck. We imagined the gory details of the incident—which part of the cat would the…

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