The common though highly elusive North American badger is seldom seen and often misunderstood. When badgers are encountered by man, the experience is frequently startling to both parties. Impressions based on such limited and stress-filled information are biased. For example, it is widely believed that this member of the family Mustelidae (which also includes skunks, otters and weasels) is vicious, mean and aggressive. However, personal experience with badgers gained from studies over the past 10 years indicates that, although quite capable of defending themselves, badgers are shy, secretive and good bluffers.
Iowa Science Teachers Journal
© Copyright 1980 by the Iowa Academy of Science
"The Maligned and Misunderstood North American Badger,"
Iowa Science Teachers Journal: Vol. 17
, Article 18.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/istj/vol17/iss2/18