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Endangered Provincially and Nationally


• Short,  sturdy member of the weasel family; grey,  with dark legs; bold black and white stripes on head and face
• Long claws and a streamlined skull make badgers excellent diggers
• Inhabits tallgrass prairie, sand barrens and farmland
• Feeds on groundhogs, rabbits and small rodents
• Nocturnal


• Ranges from California to the Great Lakes
• Fewer than 200 live in Ontario, primarily in the southwest near Lake Erie
• Also found in northwestern Ontario in the Thunder Bay and Rainy River Districts


• Habitat loss
• Road mortality


• Provincially protected under the Endangered Species Act, 2007
• Federally protected under the Species at Risk Act, 2002


Fewer than 200 American badgers live in Ontario.