Uncommon badger in Kelowna

Rob Gibson

A resident of Kelowna’s Higher Mission has an uncommon nature expertise as she was driving dwelling from work Monday night.

“I noticed one thing operating on the aspect of the highway, at first, I assumed it was a cat. However then after I appeared nearer, I noticed this animal. I could not acknowledge what it was although? Is it a badger? Or is it a Wolverine? What’s it?”

Katie Brown says she has lived on Stellar Highway for years and has seen every kind of various wildlife, however by no means a badger.

“So I took some footage and despatched them to my boyfriend and he mentioned, that is a badger. I Googled it this morning and came upon that it was actually uncommon. And that is after I determined to ship it to you,” Brown instructed Castanet.

Badgers are extraordinarily uncommon in B.C., in response to Parks Canada, in 2016 there have been solely about 200 of them left within the province. They’re additionally an endangered species in British Columbia.

The one noticed in Higher Mission appears to be like very very similar to an American badger and Brown says, “it is the primary time I’ve seen him. However my neighbour mentioned they noticed it, too, and likewise puzzled what it was.”

Badgers aren’t harmful for people and customarily hold to themselves and do most of their searching at evening, however might be seen out and about within the daytime as properly. They’re wonderful hunters of earth-dwelling prey together with gophers, rabbits, groundhogs, floor squirrels, mice, and snakes.

Brown says she hopes the badger stays out of hurt’s approach, “go gradual since you by no means know what predators are on the highway or wildlife. We’ve loads of wildlife up right here and persons are round them on a regular basis.”

Badgers have a popularity for being offended animals, they don’t like being harassed and can defend themselves utilizing sharp claws if not given a large berth by different animals like canine and cats.

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