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.