Dark Fox-like animal
Aug 21, 2011. Driving home along the Cambrian Road, northwest of Orillia, 9:30 pm.
I thought from a distance a Skunk was standing on the road - out in the middle of nowhere. As we neared it, I saw it was much larger than a Skunk and was sitting in the middle of the road.
It had longish, thin legs, body mostly black with dark brown streaky markings, bushy tail (like a fox but without the white tip). It had a smallish head and small pointed ears like a fox.
I have been looking on the net and have found nothing like this critter.
It looked at us viciously for a second (as we swerved to miss it) then it turned and fled into the bushes.
Anyone have any ideas as to what it might have been?
EDIT: Two people suggested that you might have seen a Fisher.
There is more information about Canadian Wildlife at this link to BorealForest.Org.
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