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Monday, August 31, 2009

Wild Fact #993 - Coyotes End Up Badgering Their Prey

Good news folks, today is 2 for 1 Tuesday! That's right, Wild Fact #993 isn't about just one animal but about a partnership between two animals.

**Cue the Entrance Music for Teammate #1 **


Weighing in anywhere between 15 and 46 pounds, known for its speed, agility and persistance . This cunning animal often uses clever products from ACME in order to try and catch the roadrunner. Mother Nature gives you The Coyote!

The Coyotes' partner this evening weighing in between 15 and 20 pounds, known for its fierce demeanour and mad digging skills, please welcome The Badger.

If you combine a quick and agile coyote with a strong digger such as the badger then ground squirrels everywhere had better be on Red Alert. This is exactly what has happened in nature. Coyotes and badgers have been known to form short term partnerships (i.e. less then a few hours) to hunt pesky little ground squirrels (apparently, the one in the famous vacation photo that just went virile managed to escape the grasp of both animals - Click Here For Story). This doesn't give the ground squirrel many options. Now if it runs the coyote will manage to capture it and if it tunnels underground then the badger will step up to the plate. It is usually only a single coyote that will team up with a single badger and this doesn't necessarily always happen. These two may very well go their own way and hunt alone or in some cases may even attack each other. When the badger and coyote hunt together it marks a partnership that can be very effective with benefits to both parties. Not since "Macho Man" Randy Savage and Hulk Hogan has there been a better tag team combination.

If you want to see a short clip on the coyote hunting without the help of the badger then check out this YouTube video:

YouTube Video

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  1. Now THAT is some good info! I'm definitely going to go trap a badger and coyote and see what happens...cage match.
    Great job!
    Cheers
    Corey

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