Tracks

Similar to coyote tracks, however what distinguishes them from a coyote are the claw marks, which are further from the toe pad. The front tracks also appear as if the animal is pigeon-toed.

Droppings/Scant

Soft and runny, solid and firm, or like a large, fat sausage. Often deposited in shallow pits. Has a sweet, musky smell.

Sounds

Long low-pitched growls, short high-pitched squeaks, bird-like coos, churr, growl, kecker, yelp, wail
Badger map

Kills similar to:

The Badger

The badger (Taxidea taxus) is a stocky, medium-sized mammal with a short, fat, grey body, black face, and a light-colored stripe from head to tail. Badgers are opportunists, preying on ground-nesting birds and their eggs, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and insects. Badgers are also fierce and as such, have few predators. They are active at night and hide away in their den during the day. In the winter, they often hide away in their burrows, although they don't actually hibernate.


Badgers are known for their digging ability, any signs of diggings in the area is indicative of a badger. They will dig under fences or through the floor of chicken coops.

Exclusion

Protect from digging underneath : Mesh fencing buried at least 12 to 18 inches (30 to 46 cm) below ground

Rodent control : Control of the population of ground squirrels or pocket gophers near poultry.

Frightening

  • Lighting : Bright lights at night, high intensity lamps

References

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