Hair snares track badgers

Badgers are a protected species in Wisconsin and yet very little is actually known about them. To combat this, researchers have started using hair snares in order to track the badgers and collect DNA samples for easy identification.

Having isolated the top two badger “hot spots” in Wisconsin, the focus has now moved to collecting enough hair samples to characterise the role of geographic barriers on badger movement.

“We just don’t know anything about them. So what we’re looking for is really basic. We want to know where they live, about how many there are and where they go when they move around,” University of Wisconsin Milwaukee assistant professor Emily Latch said.

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