This Weasel-Like, Rat-Eating Creature Is Stalking NYC

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Technically, the weaselly creature spotted repeatedly in the Bronx over the last few months has more claim to the area than the people living there. The fisher, which is a long, black, furry relative of the weasel, once called Manhattan home, until fur-obsessed humans pushed them off the island and into the Adirondacks. The male fisher that recently returned to reclaim the borough was identified by zoologist Roland Kays from a photo taken by a city police officer in April. Despite our aggression toward them in the past, the fisher is not a threat to humans. They are known to eat rats, though, so maybe this little guy should hang around.