Woman Traps Albino Fisher In Carlton County

Stephanie Merrill of Wrenshall trapped this albino fisher in Carlton County. (Stephanie Merrill photo)
Stephanie Merrill of Wrenshall trapped this mostly albino fisher in Carlton County. (Stephanie Merrill photo)

Seems as if it’s the season of albinos. Just the other day, Clint Moen of Duluth brought home a partial albino pheasant from North Dakota. Now we have Stephanie Merrill’s photo of a fisher she trapped this fall in Carlton County. It may not be a pure albino, as some of the pigmentation in the fur appears to be light brown. John Erb, a furbearer researcher with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, says he hears of an albino fisher about once a year in either Minnesota or Wisconsin. This fall, he has also seen photos of albino muskrats and beaver. Merrill, of Wrenshall, said the fisher was a larger one, weighing about 11 pounds.