After the camera trap had been looking over the hole for a week, Harland and I went back to see what we caught. There were a lot of blank images where no creature was present. Probably the wind blowing the grass tripped it off.
But then, paydirt at 4:38am on Feb 28 –
a skunk nosing around in the dirt that was pushed out of the hole.
An exciting find, but not quite what we were expecting as the hole opening was much larger than this skunk. So we continued to scroll through the images, and finally……,
there it was….
on Feb 29 at 2:07am ….
an american badger,
exactly what we were hoping for. They are nocturnal so we hardly ever see them, but we see their holes everywhere – at the edge of fields and alongside road ditches. Growing up in Missouri, I never saw badgers or their holes. The soil there is mostly clay, and badgers like loamy soil like we have here in northeast Kansas.
A few badger facts:
- Badgers belong to the same family as weasels, ferrets, and wolverines.
- They can weigh as much as 25 pounds and their front claws, used for digging, are 2 inches long.
- They eat gophers, moles, voles, ground squirrels, skunks (uh-oh), mice, rats, ground nesting birds, lizards, frogs, carrion, fish, insects, corn, peas, green beans, mushrooms, and sunflower seeds.
- Interestingly, according to Wikipedia, ” They will sometimes form a mutually beneficial relationship with coyotes. Because coyotes are not very effective at digging rodents out of their burrows, they will chase the animals while they are above ground. Badgers on the other hand are not fast runners, but are well-adapted to digging. When hunting together, they effectively leave little escape for prey in the area.”
Hmm…we have lots of coyotes, I’ll bet they work together a lot here.
Anywho, now that we know Mr/Ms Badger is in residence, we are hoping to catch him/her on video.