Sunday, August 21, 2011
American badgers lead a solitary life, which means that most of the time they're loners.
Males and females consort briefly in the summer and early fall, and birth takes place in March and April.
The "mother family" is the most enduring social unit, but the family breaks up in the fall when the young strike out on their own.
This photo of two badgers was taken at the Chimineas Ranch on March 23.
Its hard to say what's going on.
We may be witnessing hanky-panky between consenting adults or an innocent game of "Gotcha" between siblings of last year's litter.
But the photo makes one point clear: one can learn a lot from camera trapping.
This single photo tells us that friendly social interactions take place outside of the seasonal periods of mating and family life.
There's still a lot to learn about the ecology of Striped-face.