Badgers

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Badger

Badgers are one of our most shy and elusive mammals so their interactions with humans are often difficult. Always approach a possibly injured badger with great caution and do not attempt to touch it.

When to Help

A badger out during the day
Badgers are strictly nocturnal so one out in daylight or one which can be easily approached is likely to be in trouble.
A badger which has been hit by a car or attacked by a dog
The animal will need to be assessed and treated for injuries.
A badger with an obvious injury.
If the badger has a visible wound or injury such as a damaged leg it is going to need help.
A badger caught in a snare or fence.
A baby seen on its own for some time.
Baby badgers normally stay in the sett so if it is above ground there may be a problem. Observe before intervening and call a wildlife rescue for further advice.

Capture, Containment and Care

DO NOT ATTEMPT TO PICK UP OR TOUCH A BADGER, EVEN A BABY!

For advice concerning baby badgers please see our baby mammals page.

Badgers have incredibly powerful jaws and very large, sharp powerful claws. They can and will inflict a serious injury if not handled properly. If you have found a badger in need of help you must seek assistance from an experienced wildlife rescue. Do not attempt to capture the animal yourself.

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