Why are Badgers a Nuisance?

Badgers are a nuisance by destroying your gardens, crop and cattle.

Badgers (Taxidea taxus):  Badgers are opportunistic and a member of the weasel family. Diet consists of ground squirrels, prairie dogs, pocket gophers, and rodents. Badgers occasionally kill poultry, domestic turkey, and also lambs. Badgers prefer open pastures and prairie lands. Average weight of a male is 19lbs, females are 14lbs, but can weigh up to 30 lbs. Badgers are ferocious when confronted, keep children and pets away from den sites. Badgers are active at night(nocturnal), and do not hibernate.

Damage Control and Prevention Methods: Call C.R.N.A.C. Most damage caused by badgers is a result of digging in search for food (rodents), holes from dens can be problematic for livestock, earthen dams, and roadways do to erosion.

Exclusion: Call C.R.N.A.C. For the most up to date methods.

Zoonoses: Diseases that can be passed to humans from Badgers are Bovine Tuberculosis (Badgers are the principal carriers of this disease), Rabies, Dermatomycosis(Ringworm), and Sarcoptic Mange.


Signs a badger is present: Badgers are diggers so large holes is a tell tell sign. To know it’s a hole dug by a badger, look for bedding around entrance of hole and look at footprints. Badgers can leave black and white hair caught on barbed wire fences and claw marks on tree trunks.  Check out what a badger footprint looks like below.





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