29THE AMERICAN BADGER

The American badger is a heavy-bodied, short-legged, short-tailed member of the weasel family. The badger is endangered nationally. In Ontario, badgers are found in tallgrass prairie, sand barrens and farmland, where they hunt for woodchucks, rabbits, and small rodents.

American badgers have never been common in Ontario, but the population declined as open grassland was converted to farmland. They have few natural enemies in Ontario (possibly coyotes), and the main threats to their survival are habitat loss and automobiles.

A badger emerging from his hole.
A badger emerging from his hole.
Badgers can vary in colour; this one is a light red, but the more common colours are creamy white and black.
Badgers can vary in colour; this one is a light red, but the more common colours are creamy white and black.
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