Badgers (Taxidea taxus) are Red-listed in British Columbia. We summarize preliminary badger home range size and habitat requirement data from the East Kootenay region of British Columbia. Home ranges were 10–200 times larger than reported from studies in the United States. Using the minimum convex polygon method, female home ranges averaged 54 km2 and males 509 km2. Low trap success, large home ranges, predominantly adult captures, high mortality, and low natality suggest a small population, particularly in the north. Burrows used by radio-tagged badgers had more commonly been re-used than recently excavated (P < 0.001). Most (77%) had Columbian ground squirrel (Spermophilus columbianus) burrows within 50 m, which exceeded their relative availability (P < 0.001). The percentage of radio-locations on nonforested land (57%) was greater than the relative availability of such habitats (P < 0.001), although forested land with crown closure of up to 85% was used...
Newhouse, Nancy J., Kinley, Trevor A.. 1999. Biology and Conservation Challenges of Badgers in the East Kootenay Region of British Columbia (in Proc. Conference Biology & Management of Species and Habitats at Risk). Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks. Proceedings - Conference Biology & Management. Vol. 2
Topic: Species and Ecosystems at Risk
Keywords: badger, East Kootenay, home range, habitat, radio-tracking, telemetry, Taxidea taxus, prey, conservation
Scientific Name: Taxidea taxus
English Name: Badger
Other Identifier: University College of the Cariboo
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