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Badgers are extremely solitary animals, except during the mating season. Although badgers are known to fight amongst themselves, they usually avoid each other and honor the territories of other badgers. While it isn't known exactly how they communicate such boundaries, scent marking is thought to play a role. Being mustelididss, badgers have scent glands similar to a skunk's and they will discharge (but not spray) a musk-like odor when annoyed.

Badgers typically prey upon pocket gophers, ground squirrels, voles, grubs, mice, rabbits, reptiles and amphibians. They hunt these animals by digging them out of underground burrows. One eyewitness account has a badger outpacing three men with shovels. Badgers have few natural enemies other than man. They are ferocious fighters and are usually more than a match for any animal, including bear. The fur of the badger ordinarily does not command a high price and, because of this, relatively few are trapped. The badger’s chief value lies in helping to keep down excessive populations of rodents.

Badgers have occasionally been known to engage in political, economic, and social commentary. Although badger punditry is rare, it usually reflects the general orneriness of the species.