Wolf vandalizes badger sett with badger cubs inside

Co-author Irina Rotenko

In Belarus wolves visit badger setts rather often. Frequently the aim of such visits is to catch a badger that slacked near the burrow. During the breeding season of wolves, quite usually they try to get rid of badgers and occupy their sett. They use such burrows to leave pups inside. Normally wolf breeders enlarge the entrances of such a badger sett.

Recently we video-registered vandalizing a badger sett by breeding wolves and how mother badger moves the cubs afterwards. Interestingly that several years ago this burrow was a wolf burrow-den that was dug by wolves. Than badgers occupied the burrow and enlarged it.

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