Common Name: Badger
Scientific Name: Taxidea taxus
Habitat: Open plains and farmlands.
Diet: Carnivorous—small mammals, including ground squirrels, mice and voles, rabbits, snakes, birds, insects, and carrion.
Since 1946, there are four records of the badger in Pennsylvania, all in counties of southwestern Pennsylvania adjacent to more uniformly suitable habitat in Ohio.
A detailed account of the infrequent but ongoing record of occurrence in Pennsylvania can be found in Williams, S. L., S. B. McLaren, and M. A. Burgwin. 1985. “Paleo-archaeological and historical records of selected Pennsylvania mammals.” Annals of Carnegie Museum, 54(4): 77–188.