Wildlife official defends “dangerous” CU badger
The University of Colorado Wednesday asked visitors not to badger a “rare” and “extremely dangerous” animal spotted roaming campus grounds, but a state wildlife official says CU has the critter’s reputation all wrong.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife came to the badger’s defense this afternoon after CU officials sounded the alarm about the campus’ four-legged visitor.
“It’s not rare, and it’s not a dangerous animal,” said Jennifer Churchill, spokeswoman for the state agency.
Churchill explained that badgers aren’t unlikely in the area, with some known to congregate in Estes Park.
“They’re not a predator,” Churchill said. “They won’t go after a human unless they’re being provoked or defending their young.”
CU tweeted a photo of the animal Wednesday, and warned passerbys not to approach it. The university found out about the creature from an Instagram photo.
CU said it typically works with state wildlife officers to locate and “safely trap” wildlife that amble onto campus so the animals can be relocated to their natural habitats.
But Churchill said she sees no reason for her agency to intervene.
“The animal is just moving through the area,” she said. “There’s no need for us to do anything.”
CU officials tweeted this photo of a badger on campus Wednesday morning and asked people to stay away from the “extremely dangerous” animal.