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Western Badger

Taxidea taxus neglecta

Subspecies of American Badger

First Noted by Expedition
February 26, 1806, at Fort Clatsop, Oregon.

Flattish body, wider than high, with short, bowed legs. Shaggy coat grizzled gray to brown. Short, bushy, yellowish tail. White cheeks; narrow white stripe runs from above nose over head to nape.

Open plains and prairies, farmland, and sometimes edges of woods.

Western U.S. east to eastern Texas, Oklahoma, northern Missouri, northern Illinois, northern Indiana, and northern Ohio.

The badger probably got its common name from the white, badgelike mark on its forehead.

Species information from enature.com

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