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Wildlife Wednesday: Badger badger badger badger!
A rare sighting of a legendary curmudgeon
Checking our security camera videos last July, I was very surprised to see this chunky guy visit the water dish. I knew there were badgers in the park, but I never thought I’d see one or that one would amble by the house.
This badger has only come by that one time. I keep hoping. Have you ever seen one?
A post on Joshua Tree National Park’s Facebook says American badgers are uncommon, stay in the burrows most of the day, and come out at night to hunt for ground squirrels, kangaroo rats, and their favorite prey—rattlesnakes!
They don’t eat toast like English badgers?
I’ve been looking for the badger’s burrow, and last week, I think I found it about a quarter mile away. I didn’t try poking around because these relatives of weasels and wolverines are known to be bad tempered and frankly, I hear, aren’t the resigning types.1 (Bad Twentynine Palms in-joke.)
Memes have made badgers famous. In 2003, I couldn’t get enough of this online badger video. We’ve come such a long way since them.
Desert Trumpet writer Kat Talley-Jones is a member of the Public Arts Advisory Committee, which is a part of the City of Twentynine Palms.
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Bad Twentynine Palms in-joke. IYKYK. Here’s a hint.