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Badger

The American badger has grayish fur, with black tips. A badger has a large “badge-like” marking on its face, which makes it look as though it wears a mask, hence the name “badger.” A badger’s body is well-suited for digging; it is short and squat, with small ears, a slightly upturned snout, and stout legs. If you see one, you will notice that it appears to hug the ground as it scurries away from you. The badger uses its long foreclaws for digging, and uses its shovel-like hind claws for moving dirt. They are important for keeping rodent populations down, so please, always leave them alone so they can do their job.

Badger

 
Habitat: The badger likes to live in open areas with enough soil to dig its burrows using long foreclaws. It loves to live in sagebrush meadows and valleys, many of which are on BLM lands.   

 

Food: A badger eats small rodents, such as ground squirrels, pocket gophers, kangaroo rats, prairie dogs, and mice. It catches its prey by digging into the burrows of small mammals. It will also eat scorpions, insects, snakes (even rattlesnakes!), lizards, and birds. With its diverse diet, the badger has a lot of options when it’s hungry!  

Badger

Fun Facts: Badgers have earned a reputation for being ferocious. If you accidentally corner a badger, he will probably either burrow out of sight, or loudly hiss at you, sometimes faking that he will attack. They very rarely attack humans, so if you do see one, you can scare him away by yelling and waving your hands above your head. 

Badger Hole
A badger hole


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Wildlife Species 


 

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Herbivore Mammals

Jackrabbit
Pygmy rabbit
Desert cottontail
Beaver
Eastern gray squirrel
Red squirrel
Chipmunk
Deer mouse
Kangaroo rat
Meadow vole
Mule deer
Elk
Bighorn sheep
American pronghorn
Moose


Carnivore Mammals

Bobcat
American badger
River otter
Red fox
Long-tailed weasel
Coyote
Grizzly bear
Mountain lion


Amphibians

Salamanders

Long-toed salamander
Idaho giant salamander
Coeur d'Alene salamander

Frogs and Toads

American bullfrog
Columbia spotted frog
Western toad
Northern leopard frog
Pacific tree frog
Great Basin spadefoot

Reptiles

Snakes

Painted turtle
Northern alligator lizard
Mohave black-collared lizard
Short-horned lizard
Desert horned lizard
Sagebrush lizard
Western fence lizard
Western skink
Side-blotched lizard
Longnosed leopard lizard
Western whiptail


Bats

Western pipistrelle
Western small-footed myotis
Little brown bat
Yuma myotis
Townsend's big-eared bat
Hoary bat
Silver-haired bat
Fringed myotis
Pallid bat

Sensitive Species (not a complete list)

Greater sage-grouse
Pygmy rabbit
No. Idaho ground squirrel
So. Idaho ground squirrel
Canada lynx
Grizzly bear
Selkirk Mtns. woodland caribou
Kootenai White River sturgeon
Bull trout
Sockeye salmon
Chinook salmon
Steelhead trout
Yellow-billed cuckoo


Birds

Waterfowl
Raptors
Songbirds

Fish