A sick or injured animal gave a jolt to residents as it wandered Detroit Lakes streets Friday, March 20.
"The thing was a fisher, and it was acting injured or ill," said Detroit Lakes Police Chief Steve Todd.
A resident captured video of the fisher as it wandered around the pumps at M&H gas station before stopping traffic as it darted across Washington Avenue.
A fisher, according to the National Park Service website, is an animal related to weasels that weighs as much as house cats and is between 2.5-3.5 feet long. They are nocturnal animals, but the Facebook video shows the fisher wobbling by vehicles and people around 2 p.m. that day.
"It definitely appeared that there was something not right with it," Todd said.
The animal had not bitten anybody yet, Todd said. For safety precautions, the fisher was put down and sent to the Minnesota DNR.
"I'm very comfortable with how my staff handled it," he said.
Wandering animals only need to be called into the DLPD and DNR if they are "exhibiting some sort of unusual behavior," Todd said.