Badger (Permit Required)

The badger, Wisconsin’s state mammal, is a wide-bodied, short-legged mustelid (member of the weasel family) with long, powerful claws used for digging. The badger has a grizzled gray appearance and distinctive black patches on its face and a white stripe from its nose to partway down its back. The average adult size is 12-16 pounds. Badgers dig burrows, sometimes with multiple tunnels and chambers. Often, they will dig new burrows instead of using old burrows. Badgers are solitary except during breeding season. They forage by digging up ground squirrels, moles and other small mammals. DNR nuisance permit required in order to relocate.