No photo available but I wanted to get this on the record since it was my Lifer badger.
My wife and I saw the badger in the middle of U.S. 90 just E of the Pecos/Terrell County line at about 10 a.m.
Description: I first thought it was a ground hog or marmot, which of course do not occur in Texas. About the size of a large house cat but low and squat, wider than tall. Maybe 20 to 30 inches long (?). Grizzled gray-brownish. Long hair draping on sides that nearly/actually touched the ground. Thin white stripe down center of head and nape. I couldn't see the face pattern well as it turned away from us when we passed by. I didn't notice/see the tail.
We were driving E at about 60 mph around a curve when we saw the animal near the center stripe. It was concentrating on something on the road; I suspect a road-killed insect/small mammal. (There had been a heavy rainstorm the previous afternoon or overnight.) The badger scurried off to the north side of the road as we passed. I made a U-turn and saw the animal had returned to the center of the road. We got brief binocular views of it, but as I reached for my point-and-hope camera, it again ran off the road. We could not relocate it.
Visual of badger, then 2 days later, tracks.
Aug. 6-7, 2016
Aug. 6-7, 2016
Along the Slippery Elm Trail between Kramer and Powell Rd. Photo by Wood County Park District Volunteer Gaynelle Predmore.
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.