Recorded via camera trap in site baited with cat food.
My pocketknife is 3.5 inches long. (At this point I had lost both my tape measure and my six inch ruler. And no one else had measuring tools.)
On our last morning in the park we were very excited to find a long, meandering, and very fresh trail from an American Badger. In some of the photos you can see how it periodically stopped to dig holes. Badgers try to locate rodents like kangaroo rats and pocket mice in their burrows and dig them out.
A couple of the photos show a cool slide that the badger did part way down the side of a sand dune.
Camera trap photo. Rio Grande Nature Center State Park, Albuquerque, Bernalillo Co., New Mexico, USA. Camera trap wildlife survey project by Matt Farley, Jennifer Miyashiro, and J. Stuart.
After hearing a few anecdotal reports from visitors that they had seen a badger in the area I started to keep my eyes open and one day while walking around 9am I heard some rustling in the pond. Sure enough, I looked over I saw 3 badgers! 2 juveniles with one adult! i could never get a photo of all 3 and it was hard to even get a clear shot of the 2 with all of the mustard in the way.
O'Neill Ranch Master Plan Draft Environmental Impact Report, February 1995
Might be old badger site
Leslie and I think these are Badger holes in the side of the hill. The owner of this private land told us there have always been a few around, and we know of habitat near here and similar to here that has an American Badger. Opinions welcomed and requested. I do have some pictures of the top hole close up. It is probably a snug basketball size - could fit either a fox or a badger.
The American badger (Taxidea taxus) is a North American badger, somewhat similar in appearance to the European badger. It is found in the western and central United States, northern Mexico, and south-central Canada to certain areas of southwestern British Columbia.