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Badgers - the Ultimate Mammal. Badger lore, news, education, and photos.

The badger is a short-legged omnivore related to the otters, skunks, weasels and wolverines. Their 11 species are distributed across four continents - North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa.

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Post anything related to badgers - news, lore, education, and photos.


The Honey Badger, or ratel (Mellivora capensis), native to Africa, central Asia, and the Indian Peninsula, don't give a shit.


Resources:

The James K. Polk Center for Badger Studies

Save The UK Badger!

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species


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Is it harmful to befriend wild badgers?

I was wondering if badgers have intelligence like crows, where you can befriend and even regularly feed without them assuming all humans will be safe?

My goal is just to be able to sit and watch wild badgers up close. I have spotted places in the city they pass through and think it would be pretty easy to find their setts as I always notice badger fur sheddings even when I am not looking for it. Feeding would be an obvious way to attempt to establish trust and have them gather. But I wouldn't dream of doing that if it were to endanger them.

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2023/01/28
21:08 UTC

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“To badger” is not what we think it is

I just finished reading the book “Badger” by Daniel Heath Justice, and found this interesting tidbit in the chapter on badger persecutions:

All badger species are targets of persecution for profit, protection or amusement. To be 'badgered' is not, as commonly presumed, a statement about the behaviour of badgers; rather, those responsible for the badgering are human. Quite literally, to be badgered is to be immobilized, brutalized and overwhelmed by ferocious opponents (generally trained dogs) until mutilated and/or killed. The term has largely lost its historical specificity and switched the order of aggressor, but the bloody sport of badgering continues today.

I had never heard of that origin, assuming as most do that “to badger” was a reference to the tenacity of the animal and not to hunting it.

I thought it was a good book, and can recommend it to anyone looking for a non-fiction read on the subject.

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2023/01/03
05:51 UTC

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Lovely Badger I drew running trough the forest, watcha think?

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2022/10/20
18:50 UTC

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2022/10/18
02:24 UTC

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hi! I would really appreciate the help! I am really hoping to attract badgers in our garden, any ideas how? what foods they absolutely love?? thank you so much :)

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2022/10/10
15:48 UTC

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Short Story: Captain Bollytadger and The Foreign Badger

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2022/09/23
16:10 UTC

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🦡 scratchy scratchy! 🦡

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2022/09/02
05:45 UTC

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an urban critter

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2022/08/25
08:39 UTC

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🦡wish the recording hadn’t stopped - too cute!🦡

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2022/08/24
23:05 UTC

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🦡🦡🦡 love it when their friend joins 🦡🦡🦡

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2022/08/23
08:38 UTC

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🦡🦡lovely to see two together🦡🦡

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2022/08/19
22:04 UTC

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Badger fight?

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2022/08/18
20:57 UTC

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Badger in broad daylight by the beach in Greece

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2022/07/28
14:40 UTC

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Morning Coffee

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2022/07/27
14:11 UTC

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🦡a quick compilation of recent visits🦡

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2022/07/20
07:11 UTC

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Objection! Badgering the witness

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2022/07/15
05:11 UTC

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Meet Sausage

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2022/07/13
17:19 UTC

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Angry momma badger hissing.

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2022/06/16
04:06 UTC

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