DOES A BADGER LOOK LIKE?
WHERE DOES THE BADGER LIVE?
WHAT IS THE BADGER'S ROLE IN THE PLAYA FOOD WEB?
What Does the Badger Eat?
What Eats the Badger?
INTERESTING BADGER CHARACTERISTICS
Badgers live all over the western United States, including the entire Intermountain West. Badgers are also found in Canada and Mexico. They are found throughout Utah. They occur commonly in treeless regions that have soil deep enough for burrowing. They particularly like open grasslands and deserts. On the Playa, they burrow into greasewood areas because here the soil is more course and therefore their burrows can remain stable. They are so common in Tooele County that they are being exterminated by those without knowledge of the benefits of having badgers. They are very common within the city limits of Salt Lake City. Their burrows appear in the canyons and on the flats west of the city.
1. Taxidea taxus taxus 2. Taxidea taxus berlandieri
Map from Mammals of Utah, by Stephan D. Durrant
Does the Badger Eat?
Badgers have been called timid animals which is true for the most part. They are very docile and tend to be solitary except during mating. Badgers will avoid any confrontation, but when they are trapped away from their burrows, threatened, or cornered they show incredible stamina and courage. With these characteristics the bagder has very few enemies. There is example of a badger's strength and aggressiveness sited in Utah Mammals by Claude T. Barnes, in which a man followed a badger's tracks in 16 inches of snow to a place where it met and fought with two coyotes. The badger appeared to be the victor, because its tracks led back to its den (some 2 miles away) and there was no evidence of blood loss onto the snow. The Coyotes, meanwhile, had loss of blood and had only traveled a short distance before stopping to lick their wounds and rest.
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Barnes, Claude T., 1927, Bulletin of University of Utah: "Utah Mammals", Vol.17, June 1927, No.12, Salt Lake City, Utah.
Butler, Paul A. (1996). The Virtual Badger Sett.< http:// www.qni.com/~badger/ >, (November 1999).
Durrant, Stephan D., 1952, Mammals of Utah: Taxonomy and Distribution, University of Kansas Publications, Museum of Natural History, Lawrence, Kansas.
Samual L., 1988, Mammals of the Intermountian West, University of
Utah Press, Salt Lake City, Utah.
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