Animal #66 — American Badger

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Saturday, May 20, 2017 — 11:20 am

Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, Colorado

Sally and I were driving the wildlife loop at the prairie refuge between downtown Denver and the Denver Airport. We saw two or three vehicles stopped along the side of the road, which almost always means that something interesting is in the area. I pulled over and immediately saw this. I’d never seen a Badger before, but I knew immediately what it was.

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When one of the cars pulled away, I took its spot for a better view. We saw that there were two young playing around the entrance to its hole. A few minutes later, a third young one popped out briefly.

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For the ten minutes or so that we watched, the adult stayed low and kept its eyes on us. The young play-fought and wandered about the immediate area.

 

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