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American Badger

Taxidea taxus jeffersonii

What is the American Badger?

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Badgers can use hundreds of burrows within their home range as they search for food and mates.

The American Badger is a nocturnal member of the weasel family. Low-slung, with short, powerful legs and impressive claws, this animal was "made to dig".

Its front claws are long and stout for ploughing through soil, while its hind claws are shorter and flattened for shovelling it away. A badger can dig itself a hole in minutes!

The badger has brownish or greyish fur, with a white stripe running from its shoulder to the tip of its nose, and dark markings on its face. Males, larger than females, weigh up to 14 kilograms.

Where is the American Badger found?

Kootenay National Park of Canada
Badger habitat in Kootenay National Park of Canada.
© Parks Canada / P.McCloskey / (42) / 1974

One of four subspecies of American Badger, Taxidea taxus jeffersonii, occurs in Canada only in British Columbia's dry interior. Badgers are found in grasslands and ranches and yet are not strictly grassland animals as they have been found to use forested and alpine sites in British Columbia including Kootenay National Park of Canada.