In 2014, a follow up study was conducted to the initial 2011 rapid assessment for the American badger. The objectives were to identify target areas with potentially higher densities of badgers and to better assess the level of connectivity between known occupied areas. Thirty canine scent surveys for badger scat were conducted (15 funded under Natural Community Conservation Plan (NCCP) Local Assistance Grant (LAG) Grant P1282109 and 15 funded by San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG)). This study involved: 1) additional focused surveys to identify areas occupied by badgers, and 2) determination of the number of badgers at various locations using genetic tests of scat or hair to identify individuals.
Name: Research of American Badgers
Description: Protocol includes: canine scent surveys, badger sign surveys, scat DNA testing, hair snags, infrared cameras, and outreach efforts.
County: San Diego
Project type: Monitoring
Target species: American badger
Data steward: Cheryl Brehme
Investigator: Robert N. Fisher; Amy Vandergast
Main implementing entity: U.S. Geological Survey
Point of contact: Cheryl Brehme
SDMMP lead: Sarah McCutcheon
Study lead: Cheryl Brehme; Dustin Wood
Funds use: Primary Source
Budget year: pre FY15-1 Work plan objectives number: