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Warning - Badger Sighting near High River Skatepark

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by Town of High River

25/04/2022

Community

HIGH RIVER: Badger Warning! BOLO - A Badger has been spotted in the High River Skatepark and Boys and Girls Club area. If seen, DO NOT APPROACH! Give it space and call the Town's 24 hour Bylaw phoneline: 403-603-3643. A notice sign will be erected tomorrow to advise people of it's presence in this area. Alberta Fish & Wildlife have also been advised.

This badger may be a female with a den and young. This means she will have a more cranky badger attitude than usual. Badgers can be aggressive if harassed or cornered. When threatened they will hiss, back up and show their teeth. Please ensure dogs are on a leash and make sure children are advised. You will know a badger it by it's distinctive striped face and large size.

Badgers love to eat groundhogs and gophers but it's unusual to see them in urban areas. They are usually active from dusk to dawn.

We share High River with some pretty wild neighbours!

Did you know that badgers are an important part of the ecosystem? Their tunnels are homes for burrowing owls and their digging loosens the earth allowing moisture to seep in. Most of all, badgers EAT pesky rodents, gophers and groundhogs!

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