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Badger

Badgers have a flattened, oval-shaped body with brown fur and a white stripe on their forehead that occasionally continues down their back. They have a pale colored stomach and black feet. They have a very powerful build. They are the “bulldozer” of the weasel family.

They have large front claws that make them a very capable burrower. They are 71 to 76 centimeters (28 to 32 inches) long with a short tail. They weigh 10 to 20 kilograms (11 to 22 pounds).

Badgers are well protected from most predators due to their thick hide and generally unpleasant disposition. Some people kill them for fur, but habitat loss and vehicular accidents are greater causes of mortality.

Badgers are animals of the prairie. Their oval burrows are familiar features of prairies, mountain parks or western valleys.

They eat mostly other burrowing rodents such as ground squirrels and pocket gophers. They dig them up during the evening or early morning. They also eat nestling birds and rabbits as well as insects. When the ground is frozen and they cannot get to other burrowing rodents they turn to mice for food. They sleep a lot in their burrows during exceptionally cold times in the winter.