A few days ago, we were woken up in the middle of the night by a dreadful sound outside.
It sounded sort of like a cat, but it also had an eerie aspect to it, like a little kid crying. The dogs woke up and dashed into the garage to start their whole defend-the-homestead routine. When the dogs started barking, the strange yowling stopped.
Someone at Robin’s work mentioned that we have fishers in New Hampshire (locally called “fisher cats”), so it could have been one of those. Fisher cats are mustelids, like martens or wolverines. I did some reading on them, and the general consensus seems to be that they can be a danger to small house pets–they consider cats a prey animal, and they’ll kill house cats they come across on their nightly sojourns.
Does anyone out there in Intertubes-Land have experience with fishers (or similar mustelids), and the danger they’d pose to a standard-sized dachshund? Ours can roam the area around the house, and I want to know if a solitary fisher would tackle a 25-pound dog. Dachshunds are bred for going after European badgers, so a fisher cat would fit squarely into their natural target profile, and ours generally roam together anyway…but I’d rather not run the risk of having a disemboweled dog in front of the garage one morning.