DON’T MESS with a Snarly Badger!


– I’m Coyote Peterson. Now, we all know
that the honey badger doesn’t give a you know what. But, let me tell you who does, his feisty cousin,
the American badger. Get ready, it’s badger time. Here we go. (fast drumming) Montana is famous for
its epic landscapes, from towering mountains
to vast prairies. There isn’t a
direction you can turn without a breathtaking view. Today we are headed into
the backcountry of Bozeman, to work with a resident
of the grasslands, and a subterranean
power predator that has become famous
for it’s cranky attitude and resilience toward any foe foolish enough to
cross it’s path. And, while this American
badger was born in captivity and raised by humans to be an
ambassador for her species, is used to being in
front of the cameras, she still sits proudly
atop her mammalian throne. And, it going to command
a great deal of respect. That is the American badger. This is one of my
absolute favorites. Since childhood, I
have wanted to be this close to a badger. I’ve only seen one one
other time in my life, running across a
freeway in Wyoming, and now here I am just
inches from that face. Now, this is one of the
members of the weasel family, related to skunks,
wolverines, otters, and of course everybody’s
favorite, the honey badger. In North America this one
does give a you know what. And, you can see she’s
digging down there, she’s got a little meat snack that we hid for her in the dirt. And, you would never wanna
get this close to a badger. And, the only reason I’m
able to do this today is because Moxie here
has actually been
raised in captivity, and she’s used
educational purposes, and the promotion of
conservation of this species. However, just because she’s
used to being around people does not mean she’s lost
any of that wild instinct. She’s got claws,
and she’s got teeth that prove she is one of
the most ferocious mammals here in North America. Now, one of the most
distinguishing features about the American badger
are those famous claws. These mustelids are
incredible diggers. And, as you can see,
Moxie has already broken up a lot of this soil. You see her digging down there? What they’ll do is sniff
around in the ground for grubs, they can
sniff out prairie dogs, ground squirrels, and they
will just burrow down, dive into the dirt like this,
dig, dig, dig, dig, dig. You wanna dig with me? She says no, you dig,
I’m not gonna dig. Dig, dig, dig, dig, dig with me, until she finds that ground
squirrel or that prairie dog, and then she’s got her meal. They may’ve named the
X-Men character Wolverine after this guy’s big
cousin, the true claws in the mustelid family belong
to the American badger. (hissing) Whoa, I hear ya. I hear ya Moxie. The badger is not the fastest
member of the weasel family. But, I will tell you
what, you do not need to be quick when you have
these defensive abilities. Let me see if I can
get Moxie to show us some of those classic,
feisty badger antics of hers. Now, let’s say I’m a
predator, like a coyote. And, I come in,
and I think, okay, I might make a meal
of this badger. Let me show you
what she will do. (hissing) That right there. See that, hiss with the nose, she’ll put her
butt up in the air. They show you their claws,
they show you the teeth, and they hiss, and what
you guys can’t smell is she releasing a
musk, which is an odor that all members of
the weasel family have. And, that basically says,
if I’m a predator, back up, I don’t smell good, I
probably don’t taste good, and if you think you’re
gonna get a bite outta me you’re gonna get a
face full of teeth. I have to be incredibly
careful here. Moxie is used to
working with humans, but you can obviously
see, she still shows me those famous badger
defensive traits. I don’t want her to lunge me, those sharp teeth get
ahold of my fingers, it’s gonna be a bad situation. (grunting and hissing) It’s just so cool being
this close with a badger. Getting to film literally
in the strike zone. All right, don’t bite
my finger though. I’m like right in her snout
as she’s chomping away. That is such a cool shot. What an incredible experience, being this close to
the American badger. Moxie truly is
queen of the claws. Do you guys know an animal
that rivals a badger when it comes to claw size? Tell me about it in the
comment section below. I’m Coyote Peterson,
be brave, stay wild. We’ll see ya on
the next adventure. If you thought getting up
close with a feisty badger was intense, make sure
to go back and watch as I enter an enclosure with it’s more ferocious
cousin, the wolverine. And, don’t forget,
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100 thoughts on “DON’T MESS with a Snarly Badger!

  1. Mmm Big Montana. I don't know why but something just sounds nice about it. Pictures look nice but is it like Wyoming's Pennsylvania without as much industry or… ?? And why do I think Iowa sucks when it's right there? Is it somehow more boring like Indiana?

  2. Top tip : if u see a wild badger , don’t go near it because badgers will bite on ur ankle until they hear ur bone break , so if you do get bit , bring a stick and break it so it will think it broke ur bone

  3. Coyote Peterson: Don’t ever, EVER get this close to a badger

    Ernest P Worrell: Dont ever, EVER so this to a family of badgers….

    ABUDEEBUDEEBUDEEBUDEEBUDEE…….

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    Mushroom mushroom

  5. I heard Egyptian gene splicing created this with the combination of dog + cat. I came to see that

  6. Of course you can get close to varmint when you got food in it’s face, I tell my wife that all the time.

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  8. ? When I first watched harry potter I saw that the hufflepuff animal was a Badger ? so I was like ohh thats an animal, even tho I’m a Ravenclaw i still love Badgers ? even tho Ravenclaws is an Eagle ?

  9. I have also raised a badger in captivity. My badger was from the Bozeman area as well! They are are misunderstood as aggressive and they aren't. They are defensive and if raised by humans, they are sweet as can be!

  10. Coyote: "And they will just burrow down, dive into the dirt like this: dig dig dig. Do you wanna dig with me?"
    Badger: Floofs furiously
    Coyote: "She says no, you dig. I'm not gonna dig"

  11. Welcome to America, where despite not being Australia half our wildlife still wants to kill you, along with the weather and the earth itself

  12. Coyote:"I see how defensive this badger can be" sticks face in her nose while she is trying to eat after agitating her

  13. An all-time great Simpsons moment. The dog won't go in his coop. Homer asks Bart why. Bart says, Because there's a badger in there. Homer laughs at Bart and says, It's probably just Milhouse.

    It was a badger. Hilarity ensued.

  14. My mom trained one as a kid and she found her bathing with water and a cloth ? but she got killed by bees and my aunt was stung by the bees too she was to die but she survived btw I live in Wyoming, and it was hers because she trained her

  15. I searched for angry badger and got this? This is more like cute domesticated badger is fed then waddles off for a snooze…not snarly in the least…

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