Reserve Connectivity for Focal Species: American Badger

An assessment of which areas within and adjacent to the San Diego Multiple Species Conservation Program (MSCP) are occupied by American badger and would be suitable for further study of connectivity for badger. The Connectivity Monitoring Strategic Plan (CMSP) lists badgers as a priority for functional connectivity monitoring. The objective of this study was to identify badger locations in San Diego using canine scent detection. This method is advantageous in that large areas can be surveyed, in relatively little time, for badger scat, yielding information on badger home range locations and habitat usage within the county. This information will be utilized in future years to implement subsequent portions of the CMSP priority 1 connectivity monitoring of badgers which will analyze badger movement using radio telemetry techniques.

Vertebrate Species
Project Groups
  • SDMMP2 American Badger Movement Studies

Project Focus

American badger

chaparral, coastal sage scrub, grassland

Amy Vandergast

U.S. Geological Survey

Cheryl Brehme

Sarah McCutcheon

Cheryl Brehme

Project Protocol
Strategic Elements
  • pre FY15-1
Project Location
Riverside, San Diego
Central-central, Central-west, North-central, North-west, South-central, South-west
10, 11, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
File name Lead Author Year Type
Rapid Assessment of the Distribution of American Badgers Within Western San Diego County Brehme, Cheryl; Fisher, Robert N.; Hathaway, Stacie; Rochester, Carlton; Smith, B.H 2012 report