In my last post I said that I got closer to a live badger than ever before. The emphasis on ‘live’ was deliberate. One of the more onerous tasks I set myself is monitoring dead badgers in the area, particularly road casualties. We had another dead badger on the road today, about a mile from my house and just down the road from the wood where most of the casualties have occurred over the past two years.
For the record, the badger was male and seemingly in the pride of life. It measured 73com from nose to base of tail, so slightly smaller than average. From the state of its teeth it was relatively young, or at least not elderly (I’m not very good at telling the age of mammals – immature ones are significantly smaller than the average adult size, and very old ones tend to have bad teeth, but this still leaves a large gap in between. I’ll have to see if there are any more clues to age to look for). Near the badger was a very well worn path crossing the road between the wood and some pasture fields, so this is obviously a regular route to the feeding grounds. One of these days I really must get permission to enter these woods, as there is at least one and probably two active setts in there.