American Badger

Part of Hall of North American Mammals.

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July Morning, Jackson Hole, Wyoming

After a fruitless night of hunting, a badger has discovered a fresh target: the burrow entrance of a Wyoming ground squirrel. Badgers will dig furiously to excavate underground prey and their own dens. They can quickly tunnel themselves out of sight using powerful forelimbs and long claws. When attacked themselves—cougars and eagles will try—badgers fight back with ferocity.