Please donít badger the badger

Wildlife News

100 Mile House Free Press

By Carole Rooney - 100 Mile House Free Press

Published: July 21, 2009 7:00 PM
Updated: July 22, 2009 11:07 AM


A badger found near Horse Lake is causing mounds of excitement.

As a species at risk, this badger was surgically fitted with a tracking device for future monitoring.

“Kayja” the badger is now being observed and electronically monitored as part of the Cariboo Badger Project, a group which has been ongoing for about seven years now.

It is believed that less than 300 badgers currently exist in BC due to habitat loss and deaths caused by highways, shooting and poisoning.

“Probably what’s happened over the last number of decades is that badgers were virtually eliminated from the Cariboo. Mostly through persecution — through some of the old mythology of livestock falling into the badger burrows and breaking their legs — what happened is, the ground squirrel and marmot populations have basically been unchecked.”

He added that, with the absence of badgers, ground squirrels and marmots have reproduced like crazy, so now the badger is making an appearance once again to feast on them.



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