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.


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!  


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


  Main Page 
  Hunting & Poaching 
  Injured Wildlife 
  Wildlife Science in the BLM

Herbivore Mammals

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

Carnivore Mammals

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



  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 



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 



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