Badger
The American Badger (Taxidea taxus) is a stocky, medium-sized mammal.

Description

With courage disproportionate to their size, badgers are widely recognized for standing toe-to-toe with beasts as large as grizzly bears. Though badgers prefer to keep away from humans, an abundance of preferred food sources on human-occupied land can draw in these carnivores. Pet owners who live in areas with populations of badgers should act immediately to either remove the creatures or guard pets from possible encounters, as badgers can inflict serious injury to domestic animals when threatened. Badgers can be extremely dangerous when they feel threatened. Their sharp claws and teeth can inflict serious injury, so only extreme caution should be taken and professional handling is strongly advised when removal is necessary.

Appearance

  • Short and stocky, with four stout and powerful legs
  • Claws that reach about 2 inches (5 cm) in length
  • On average weigh around 26 pounds (12 kg) and grow to as long as 25 inches (63.5 cm).
  • Body fur is usually a mix of white, black, and brown, while their heads feature patterns of black and white

Habitat

The American Badger lives in open areas like plains and prairies, farmland and the edges of woods. As a mostly nocturnal animal, badgers remain in their underground burrows until nightfall, when they surface to look for food. Burrow openings are elliptical in shape and measure around 8 inches (20 cm) wide.

Badger Problems

Entry

Usually, badger sightings occur outdoors. However, rare circumstances do lead the pests into homes. Primary badger food sources include small rodents like ground squirrels and mice. Badgers will gather wherever there is an abundance of these creatures. As such, habitats like prairies and farmlands are preferred hangouts.

Damage

Since they are excellent diggers, badgers inflict significant damages on landscapes. Driveways, building structures, golf courses and plants are regular victims of badger excavating behaviors. Farmland regularly draws badger activities, and farmers experience costly damage to crops, irrigation systems, and mechanical equipment. The holes left behind by their burrowing endanger livestock, like horses, who can fall and break bones. They have also been reported to prey on both fowl and their eggs. When cornered, badgers are famous for ferociously fending off attackers and can easily subdue dogs twice their size.

Badger Control

Control and Safety

Exclusion methods can be expensive, as the critters are extremely capable diggers. Fencing off areas requires extra materials that feed into and over the ground. Limiting available food can keep badgers away, though badger diets are diverse, which complicates the process.

Trapping and Removal

The problem with amateur trapping attempts is that they put both the trapper and pest critter in danger. Badgers are aggressive and will do everything in their power to scare off potential predators. Professional removal is the only way to ensure the job is done correctly and safely. Critter Control technicians effectively capture offending badgers and construct plans to prevent future problems.

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