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;
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