Badgers are tough – EIN Presswire

Badgers are tough. We’ve probably all heard of the African badger and how they don’t give a fuck. Well, our American badger is just as tough and probably doesn’t care either! Badgers are found throughout the state of Iowa, mostly in open country. They can be found as far east as Ohio, but the heart of their range are the Great Plains states like Kansas, Nebraska and the Dakotas. Like the beaver, the badger is one of nature’s engineers. I think of them as a bulldozer or an excavator. They can move a lot of dirt quickly!

Badgers are made for digging. They have long claws on powerful front feet combined with a broad, low body and fearsome teeth in a very strong skull. They use their digging skills to dig burrows for shelter and breeding, not to mention they possess the ability to dig the burrow of any small mammal it wants to eat! Ground squirrels, chipmunks, pocket gophers, rabbits, voles and mice are all on the menu.

The badgers don’t seem to stick around very long. Think of them as almost transient as they move from place to place, digging burrows which they leave behind for other animals to use. You will notice a badger burrow! Compared to a typical groundhog or groundhog burrow, a badger burrow sticks out like a sore thumb. Groundhogs are sneaky. Badgers are not. Unless a female has young, the burrows are used for a short time and then abandoned for greener pastures. Fortunately, many animals use the leftovers from badger burrows. Foxes, coyotes, rabbits, skunks, raccoons, possums, bobcats, mice, snakes, lizards, turtles, and even some birds will use badger burrows!

American badger

Badgers do not hibernate, but can weather a winter storm in a burrow. They go about their business day and night without much fuss, waddling and digging burrows while looking for a vole or chipmunk to nibble on. Most of us will never see a live badger because they are not very common in Iowa. BUT…if you see a badger outside, avoid it. Badgers are tough.

eastern chipmunk

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