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Peek-a-boo!

An American Badger cub plays a game of hide and seek with the photographer. Taken back in May with this little one’s mom had her den right near a road with great visibility. It was about time for the cubs to wake up and I was patiently waiting their appearance. This guy was the first to show but not without checking out his surroundings and making sure it was all clear.

The American Badger is a rarely seen creature found across the western and central United States, northern Mexico and southern Canada. Its preferred habitat includes grasslands where it can find it’s the prey it relies on to survive.

Carnivorous, the badger is part of the same family that includes the wolverine, ferret and weasel. It is ferocious in its hunting ability choosing snakes, prairie dogs, mice and other residents of plains-like areas where it lives. It is considered an endangered species in parts of Canada and a threatened species in some locations in the United States.

An American Badger cub cautiously peers out from its burrow on the Colorado plains.  (© Tony’s Takes)

An American Badger cub cautiously peers out from its burrow on the Colorado plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

I am Badger, hear me roar!

A fun image of these two American Badger cubs taken back in May. The three cubs and their mom provided a couple of weeks of fun and a photo opportunity that does not come along often. The cubs would appear for an hour or so each morning and spend time romping around and playing.

The behavior here was often repeated with one seeming to rear back and roar although I never did hear a sound come from them.

The American Badger is ferocious in its hunting ability choosing snakes, prairie dogs, mice and other residents of plains-like areas where it lives. It is considered an endangered species in parts of Canada and a threatened species in some locations in the United States.

American Badger cubs at play at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. (© Tony’s Takes)

American Badger cubs at play at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. (© Tony’s Takes)

A very cute face to make your Monday a bit more tolerable

Hearkening back to the end of May when I spent some quality time with this little American Badger cub, its two siblings and its mother. A very special treat to get to see an animal that normally does an extraordinary job of staying out of sight.

The American Badger is a rarely seen creature found across the western and central United States, northern Mexico and southern Canada. Its preferred habitat includes grasslands where it can find it’s the prey it relies on to survive. Carnivorous, the badger is part of the same family that includes the wolverine, ferret and weasel. It is ferocious in its hunting ability choosing snakes, prairie dogs, mice and other residents of plains-like areas where it lives.

It is considered an endangered species in parts of Canada and a threatened species in some locations in the United States.

An American Badger cub checks out its surroundings.  (© Tony’s Takes)

An American Badger cub checks out its surroundings. (© Tony’s Takes)

Roly poly American Badger cub

Such a cute little thing, eh? This Badger cub was and its two siblings were out of their den and exploring the world around them recently. They were insanely curious about everything – including themselves.

This particular cub had great fun rolling on its back and then trying to grab its own feet. That worked well until it lost its balance and rolled down the back side of the den. 😉

I was fortunate enough to spend a few mornings with them over the past few weeks and it has been a lot of fun. American Badgers are not entirely uncommon but they are rarely seen, let alone photographed extensively. They are nocturnal and prefer places out of sight but this sow and her cubs seem to relish the spotlight.

An American Badger cub rolls on its back and plays with its own feet. (© Tony’s Takes)

An American Badger cub rolls on its back and plays with its own feet. (© Tony’s Takes)

An American Badger cub rolls on its back and plays with its own feet. (© Tony’s Takes)

An American Badger cub rolls on its back and plays with its own feet. (© Tony’s Takes)

An American Badger cub rolls on its back and plays with its own feet. (© Tony’s Takes)

An American Badger cub rolls on its back and plays with its own feet. (© Tony’s Takes)

Video: Badger cubs at play

I always say I need to bring my video camera and just point it at whatever I am taking pictures of. Today I finally remembered and stuck it on top my truck while watching these three troublemakers. They were very rambunctious this morning while mom was off getting them breakfast. Wished I had it better centered on the action but I was busy taking regular pics at the same time.

American Badger makes rare appearance with her cubs

Well this was truly a special wildlife encounter and the first time I have ever personally seen one of these reclusive creatures.

A few sightings of badgers had been reported over the last couple of months in an area I frequent but over the last couple of weeks, the reports became more frequent and the location more concrete. Finally, this past weekend, what I had been hearing became something I actually saw.

This badger sow opted to setup its home in a spot that allows for excellent viewing and best of all, she wasn’t shy about making appearances with her three cubs! These are a few of the captures I got as I watched them enjoy a beautiful morning on the Colorado plains.

The American Badger is a rarely seen creature found across the western and central United States, northern Mexico and southern Canada. Its preferred habitat includes grasslands where it can find it’s the prey it relies on to survive. Carnivorous, the badger is part of the same family that includes the wolverine, ferret and weasel.

It is ferocious in its hunting ability choosing snakes, prairie dogs, mice and other residents of plains-like areas where it lives. It is considered an endangered species in parts of Canada and a threatened species in some locations in the United States.

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An American Badger sow and her cubs enjoy a beautiful morning on the Great Plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

An American Badger sow and her cubs enjoy a beautiful morning on the Great Plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

An American Badger sow and her cubs enjoy a beautiful morning on the Great Plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

An American Badger sow and her cubs enjoy a beautiful morning on the Great Plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

An American Badger sow and her cub enjoy a beautiful morning on the Great Plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

An American Badger sow and her cub enjoy a beautiful morning on the Great Plains. (© Tony’s Takes)