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Old 01-10-2013, 07:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I was in the Dakota Badlands earlier this week having a fabulous time shooting wildlife with fellow Dgrinners Grimace and DaveV and we came across this odd sight.

A distant coyote walking across the prairie is being followed by a badger. :huh



Not only that, but the coyote being the faster hiker stops to let the badger catch up.




Off they go...


We'd actually seen coyotes and a badger working the same prairie dog town, but didn't realize what we were seeing. After a bit of investigation, it turns out that coyotes and badgers are known hunting partners. The coyotes chase ground squirrels down into their holes, and the badger goes down and gets them. If the ground squirrel escapes, the coyotes chase it down. Studies have shown that both the badger and coyote will catch more ground squirrels than if they were working individually. Interesting huh? It makes you wonder how these two different species worked that all out.

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Did some googling, and there's been several papers on this, apparently they catch about 1/3 more prey when they work together, and coyotes have been seen playing with badgers to get them moving and out on the hunt... I guess they're kind of grumpy and hard to get up in the morning.
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I've seen this Disney film.

Seriously, it does seem to fall outside the typical symbiotic animal relationships one hears about. Animal Planet did a show about "odd couples" with a brief segment on these two.

Top 10 Odd Animal Couples: Badger & Coyote : Video : Animal Planet
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Badgers are badasses, I woudn't tackle a badger if I were a coyote.
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