Badger

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Facts

Scientific Name: Taxidae taxus
Habitat: Open plains, farmlands and the edges of woods
Adult Weight: 12 - 24 lbs
Adult Body Length: 24 inches
Breeding Period: Late summer, early autumn with delayed implantation occurring until February.
Litters Per Year: 1
Litter Size: 1 - 5
Foods: Rodents, ground squirrels, rabbits, reptiles, insects, and worms. They will eat rattlesnakes, with no affects from the venom, unless bitten on the nose.

Notes

The American badger, a cousin of the mink and weasel, is native to the west. They are nocturnal. They are known for their aggressive behavior and the ability to dig extensive burrows.

History

Nineteenth Century

The first reports of badgers in Ohio did not occur until the late 1800s. One was found in a wolf trap in Wood County in 1882.

Twentieth Century

Badgers were extensively trapped throughout the United States in the 1900s. Numerous badgers were found in traps in northwestern Ohio, including Wood, Henry and Fulton counties. By the mid-1940s, they had extended their range into Morrow and Knox counties. Although their range expanded, it seemed as if their population did not grow tremendously.

Since the 1950s, badger sightings in Ohio have been infrequent, although the sightings have been throughout the entire western half of the state.

A relative, the European badger is extremely popular in England. There it is protected by the Protection of Badgers Act 1992.

Today, badger sightings are very sporadic in south-central (Pickaway and Madison counties), southwestern and northwestern counties. They are considered rare in the state, connected to an open grassland habitat. The current population of Badgers in Ohio is unknown.

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