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Badger spot­ting

Spot a badger bur­row on a hike? Call the hot­line 1-877-715-9299 (toll­free) or email info@ on­tar­i­obad­ Badger bur­rows are about 10 inches in di­am­e­ter and may have claw marks around their en­trance. Call, too, if you find one killed on the road. It’s bet­ter to do this sooner rather than later — be­fore they de­com­pose or be­come food for scav­engers.

Kissin’ cousins

Re­searchers set up Vel­cro “hair nags” at the top front of sus­pected badger bur­rows, to col­lect hair for DNA anal­y­sis. Be­cause badger num­bers are so few, stud­ies can iden­tify each badger through such anal­y­sis, and de­ter­mine re­la­tion­ships be­tween them — par­tic­u­larly, how in­breed­ing might be threat­en­ing the species’ sur­vival.

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