Camera trap images of an American badger burying a calf carcass by itself in Utah's Grassy Mountains, January 2016. Credit: Courtesy Evan Buechley.

Badger observation leads to scavenger ecology rethink

Previously unknown caching behavior in which American badger buries dead calf could benefit western cattle ranchers by eliminating carrion from rangelands.

While studying scavenger behavior in Utah’s Great Basin Desert, University of Utah biologists observed an American badger doing something that no other scientists had documented before: bury an entire calf carcass by itself. (Watch a video of the badger here.)

While badgers and their relatives are known to cache food stores, this is the first known instance of a badger burying an animal larger than itself. The finding suggests that badg

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