A couple of weeks ago I found the remains of a dead badger. Not much, a few hairs and a pile of bones.
With the close proximity of the badger to my local sett I’m guessing that this badger belonged to my local clan. I don’t think it was anything suspicious but I’m interested to find out which badger is missing.
Over the summer I don’t see the badgers as regularly as I do in the Spring, so there are a few I haven’t seen for a while.
I’ve had the trail camera out and spotted Arrow, Pirate, Stick and a few others, including one of this years cubs but not Bog or the twins.
Skull A belongs to the badger I found, whereas Skull B is one I found over a year ago. I did a blog on skull B last year https://appletonwildlifediary.wordpress.com/2018/03/31/badger-skull/
I put a call out on social media and I had some helpful replies, including photos, statistics and diagrams of skull, teeth and pelvic bone measurements which will hopefully help me gauge the sex and age of the badger. I’ve already had a suggestion that it could be a subadult female, which I think means it could be one of last years cubs, rather than any of the adults that I have got to know well over the past few years.
I’m going to spend sometime over the weekend looking closely at the bones as well as more trail camera footage to see if I can get any closer to finding out who is missing.