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WINTER ECOLOGY OF THE NORTH AMERICAN BADGER (TAXIDEA TAXUS JEFFERSONII) IN THE CARIBOO REGION OF BRITISH COLUMBIA

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Article abstract: The purpose of this study was to examine the winter activities and burrow characteristics of North American badgers (Taxidea taxus jeffersonii). At the northern range-limit of these animals (British Columbia, Canada) winter is long and harsh and habitat patchy and atypical; thus, badgers may respond to winter differently here than elsewhere. Using radio-telemetry and remote-cameras, I documented winter activities of 16 badgers (12♀, 4♂) between 2007 and 2011. Similar to limited and anecdotal data collected elsewhere, badgers during winter reduced home range 3.5 (SD = 0.6) km2 and movements 110.5 (SD = 12.2) m /day and intensively used burrows 1.3 (SD = 0.8) burrows per winter.

Number of pages: 125

Authors: Symes, Stephen;

Day: 1

Month: March

Year: 2013

Publisher: Thompson Rivers University

Purpose: The purpose of this study was to examine the winter activities and burrow characteristics of North American badgers (Taxidea taxus jeffersonii).

Prepared for: Thompson Rivers University;

Prepared by: Symes, Stephen;

Keywords: American badgers; Badger; endangered; species of concern; Taxidea taxus;

Species: American badger

Vegetation communities: oak woodland; conifer; grassland; chaparral; freshwater marsh; riparian forest & scrub

Threats: Climate change; Herbivory/predation; Pesticides; Urban development