American Badger

Taxidea taxus jeffersonii

Status

Endangered (Federal)
Red List (Provincial)

Description

Badgers are heavy-bodied, short-legged, and short-tailed member of the weasel family. They are mostly a grizzled greyish-yellow all over and are clearly identifiable by their squat, compact stature and the distinctive black-and-white stripes on their heads and face. Their heavily clawed feet are black and their ears are white with a black rim. Badgers are about 60-72 cm (23-28in) long and stand approximately 10 in tall at the shoulder

Habitat

Grassland
Shrub-steppe
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Prefers open habitats like natural deserts, grasslands, and forest clearings. Also sometimes uses man-made open areas such as agricultural fields, road right-of-ways, golf courses, and clear cuts.

There are two discreet populations of badgers on BC. One is in the East Kootenay region, and the other covers the Thompson-Nicola and Okanagan-Similkameen area, with a bit of overlap into the Cariboo. It is estimated there are fewer than 50 badgers left in the entire Okanagan and Similkameen valleys.

Threats

-Vehicle road mortality (*up to 86% of badgers deaths are due to vehicles*)
-Drastic habitat loss due to fragmentation, urbanization, and agricultural development
-Fire suppression allowing trees and shrubs to invade suitable open habitat
-Scarcity of prey due to excessive rodent control methods

You Can Help!

-Whenever possible, avoid trapping, shooting, or poisoning prey (ground squirrels, pocket gophers, marmots, etc)
-Report sightings to the BC Badger web site at: or call 1-888-223-4376
-Obey reduced speed zones in marked Wildlife Crossing areas.
-Protect badger habitat
-Reduce intensive livestock grazing

Resources

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