Mammal Details

American Badger

Common Name 
American Badger
Order
Carnivora
Family
Mustelidae
Species Name 
Taxidea taxus
Status 
Common within range
States 
Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Wyoming
  • Distribution
  • Notes

American Badger Distribution

Western and central North America, from central Canada to central Mexico.

Because of their secretive and fossorial (digging) habits badgers are not often seen. Persecuted by humans, though sometimes inadvertently when taking poisoned meat meant for wolves and coyotes. Feet are large and clawed; specialized for digging.

Illinois: Slide symbol: C -- Close-up of head region. A -- anatomical specialization. H -- habitat or sign of animals activity. Tree removal has increased badger distribution throughout state

Kansas: Slide symbol: C -- Close-up of head region. A -- anatomical specialization. H -- habitat or sign of animals activity. Feed on any small mammal easily obtained

North Dakota: Slide symbol: C -- Close-up of head region. A -- anatomical specialization. H -- habitat or sign of animals activity. Feed on any small mammal easily obtained

Nebraska: Slide symbol: C -- Close-up of head region. A -- anatomical specialization. H -- habitat or sign of animals activity. Feed on any small mammal easily obtained