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Badger

Observed: 6th August 2013 By: mister-badgersmister-badgers’s reputation in Mammals
2013-08-06 18.35.43
Description:

Found these hairs outside a possible sett. Multiple D shaped entrances. Snuffle holes around. Could it be badger?

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Amadan's picture

Quite likely

Look out for hay around the holes - they clear out their bedding on occasion. Also, look for latrine pits not too far from the holes.
Sadly, they are not good at concealing their presence from the ungodly.

the naturalist man's picture

Badger

The hair certainly looks like badger, note the two tone, pale bottom half of the shaft and black upper half.

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ar8922's picture

Badger hair

Try rolling one of the hairs between your fingers. Badger hair is oval rather than round in cross-section, so will feel uneven.

mister-badgers's picture

More Thoughts.

Yes, no bedding or latrines on my last visit. I did roll the hair between my fingers and if feels oval... ...but then again I couldn't be sure. Do urban badgers tend to emerge much later than country badgers? It is quite a busy area. Also, will foxes make holes in lawns similar to badger snuffle holes? Or are these quite distinctive? I presumed urban foxes were more interested in scraps and bins and not with foraging for worms?

Thanks,
Andrew

Ray Turner's picture

Bins

I have just read an article exploding the myth of urban foxes mainly scavenging bins for food, apparently the scientist showed though they do this most of the diet is natural in origin. Can’t remember where I’ve read it which is annoying seeing as it was in the last week or two, call it a senior moment, so apologies for the lack of citation.

And yes my foxes do eat worm and snuffle.

Ray

Ray

the naturalist man's picture

Foxes

Look at the rear wall of the holes, can you see any claw marks? If it looks like two small paws made the hole (usually two obviously narrow grooves) then its rabbits. If there are claw marks then can you judge how wide the paw was that made them?

I don't know of any research on emergence times or whether urban foxes will dig. Perhaps someone else knows?

Graham Banwell

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