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Pennsauken Township Officials Urge Residents To Remain Calm After Possible Fisher Cat Sighting

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PENNSAUKEN, N.J. -

A Pennsauken woman said an unusual and possibly dangerous creature has invaded their area.

But township officials aren't so sure.

They're asking people to remain calm and not get caught up in the speculation and internet rumors.

So is a rare critter now stalking the woods of Pennsauken?

We'll let you be the judge.

The rustling of leaves in the Delair section of Pennsauken has its residents wondering if an aggressive animal is lurking in the woods.

“The ground hog I saw was around the coloring like that, but not that big," Maryann Seabolt said.

Maybe it's something far less sinister.

“I’ve been here for about 38 years in this township and the only animals I’ve seen are deer, raccoon, skunks," Mike Seabolt said.

The buzz started last week, when a woman posted a generic Internet searched picture on the Pennsauken Township Facebook page of an animal known as a Fisher, or Fisher Cat.

Animal control received a frantic voicemail about the creature two day later, but no name was left, so the mystery intensified.

“If you see wild turkey and deer running around, obviously almost anything can be here," Betsy Tuvell said.

A member of the weasel family, it’s said to look like a cross between a cat and a fox, with the attitude of a wolverine.

The name Fisher can be misleading though, as it doesn't actually fish for prey, but has been known to attack other animals, including porcupines successfully.

Nancy Welsh from Pennsauken Animal Control said they've had no reports of animal attacks.

“I really don’t believe there is a Fisher Cat in the area. I think it’s likely that they’re seeing a ground hog or a river otter and maybe hearing the call of a fox," she said.

The township said they spoke with the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife and also determined it’s highly unlikely a Fisher has made Pennsauken its newest habitat.

Still, township residents are keeping their eyes peeled.

“If I saw something like that and it was coming towards me, I’d do the smart thing and run! Besides I have a dog and it’s my four legged-alarm system," Tuvell said.

Conserve Wildlife New Jersey said the critter is making a comeback in the Garden State.

Whether that extends to the southern portion of New Jersey remains to be seen.

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