Check List 16(4): 933-937, doi: 10.15560/16.4.933
Observations of American Badgers, Taxidea taxus (Schreber, 1777) (Mammalia, Carnivora), in a restored tallgrass prairie in Illinois, USA, with a new county record of successful reproduction
expand article infoJohn P. Vanek, Jess Fliginger, Richard B. King
‡ Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, United States of America
Open Access
Abstract

American Badgers, Taxidea taxus (Schreber, 1777) are poorly studied relative to other North American carnivores. We report on observations of American Badgers within a restored tallgrass prairie ecosystem owned and managed by The Nature Conservancy in Illinois. We documented badgers at six camera locations, including two prairie restorations restored from row crop agriculture in 2002 and 2015. In addition, we confirmed breeding activity in Ogle County, filling a gap in the known breeding distribution of American Badgers in Illinois. We provide context for these observations and suggestions for future research.

Keywords
Breeding, camera trap, distribution, The Nature Conservancy, Ogle County