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Old 04-20-2021, 02:46 PM   #1
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Have recently noticed a "crop" of newly dug holes scattered throughout one particular pasture at our ranch. (See attached pics)

Someone suggested these might be badger dens and they show most of the hallmarks for such: dug during birthing season, large mound in front of hole, scratch marks on the side "walls" of the hole (usually left side only??), deep and cavernous, etc. However, most images of badger holes that I find online mimic the shape of a badger's body; i.e., broad and wide. The holes I'm finding have a distinct verticality to them that has me perplexed.

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Old 04-20-2021, 02:50 PM   #2
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Yea, not a badger. Full grown badger couldnt squeeze into that hole. Im no help on what it IS though.
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Old 04-20-2021, 02:53 PM   #3
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Bigfoot track. Sorry- no help.
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Old 04-20-2021, 02:53 PM   #4
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Old 04-20-2021, 02:54 PM   #5
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Start digging until you find it....
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Old 04-20-2021, 02:54 PM   #6
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Coyote trying to get at a rat, rabbit, etc...?
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Old 04-20-2021, 02:56 PM   #7
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Old 04-20-2021, 02:58 PM   #8
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Stick your arm in there and let's see.
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Old 04-20-2021, 03:06 PM   #9
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Get some string and bacon. Could be a big crawfish.
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Old 04-20-2021, 03:07 PM   #10
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I see a new noodling technique that has "viral' possibilities on youtube.
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Old 04-20-2021, 03:11 PM   #11
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Within the last year I was told that one that looked identical to that was from a mother Coyote. That is what they do when they have little ones? No idea, just what I was recently told.
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Old 04-20-2021, 03:11 PM   #12
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Have recently noticed a "crop" of newly dug holes scattered throughout one particular pasture at our ranch. (See attached pics)

Someone suggested these might be badger dens and they show most of the hallmarks for such: dug during birthing season, large mound in front of hole, scratch marks on the side "walls" of the hole (usually left side only??), deep and cavernous, etc. However, most images of badger holes that I find online mimic the shape of a badger's body; i.e., broad and wide. The holes I'm finding have a distinct verticality to them that has me perplexed.

Any thoughts?
I have a hole very similar to that on my property. It is in the middle of a 25 acre open field. Curious as well.
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Old 04-20-2021, 03:12 PM   #13
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Looks like coyote.
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Old 04-20-2021, 03:19 PM   #14
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Armadillo?
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Old 04-20-2021, 03:20 PM   #15
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do you have gophers? something may be after them
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Old 04-20-2021, 03:22 PM   #16
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I have some similar and told they were wabbits? No idea
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Old 04-20-2021, 03:24 PM   #17
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Are there no tracks in all that dirt?
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Old 04-20-2021, 03:25 PM   #18
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armadillo with a sore right foot
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Old 04-20-2021, 03:28 PM   #19
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I have some prairie dogs on my place. They do alot of digging that looks like that
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Old 04-20-2021, 03:30 PM   #20
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Old 04-20-2021, 03:32 PM   #21
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I have a hole very similar to that on my property. It is in the middle of a 25 acre open field. Curious as well.
Same here. There are about seven of these holes, all on rises in an open pasture. If they're badgers, I'd hate to eradicate them as they're useful for controlling rodents and, in particular, they like to eat snakes. That said, their holes appear to be deep and cavernous and, in my opinion, would pose a problem for any cow who steps in/on it, particularly after it's abandoned.

Anyway, I've learned more now about badgers from various TPW online sources than I ever cared to know, I just need to find out who made these holes. Think I'll take the advice of another on this post who recommended mounting a game cam on a steak and observing.
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Old 04-20-2021, 03:35 PM   #22
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Are there no tracks in all that dirt?
No tracks observed but we've experienced several episodes of light rain in our area which makes observation difficult, particularly in sandy terrain. However, the gentleman who lives on the place took some pics of the mounds yesterday and noticed coyote tracks, but these appeared to be "stalking" and/or "pacing" tracks rather than ingress/egress.
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Old 04-20-2021, 03:39 PM   #23
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This^^^^^. You find out very quickly what animal dug that hole with a game camera placed there. Let us know what you find.
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Old 04-20-2021, 03:41 PM   #24
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Coyotes love fresh dug earth, so track checking it out are no surprise. Badgers will often dig a new hole every few nights. They will move around a lot. I’d bet, this time of year its coyotes denning up with young. The holes looks tall and kinda narrow.
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Old 04-20-2021, 03:42 PM   #25
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I'm of no actual use but I'll guess Coyote because I have a dog that digs similar looking style. Definitely slap a game cam on it.
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Old 04-20-2021, 03:46 PM   #26
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Red Fox would be my guess.
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Old 04-20-2021, 03:48 PM   #27
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We have badgers on our place and have been seeing this type of hole since the badgers showed up. The hole is perhaps eight to ten inches wide and slopes down at perhaps a forty-five degree angle. I have several spots with these holes around the place. Often there will be about eight to twelve holes in a forty or fifty foot area. We also have ground squirrels on the east side of the place. Their holes do not slope the same and are not as large. I had a game cam set up on a cluster of holes just east of the house. I didn't get any pictures in a week so pulled the camera. It is easy to tell if the holes are being used as the unused ones will have twigs and grass blown in that is visible. The active holes are kept clean and often have damp earth just inside the hole or on the surface outside the hole.
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Old 04-20-2021, 03:52 PM   #28
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Cherry bomb or smoke him out
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Old 04-20-2021, 03:56 PM   #29
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Probably coyote, they should have pups that are just about ready to leave the den on their own.

I have found one coyote den years ago, I put up a camera on it and got some very interesting pictures. Took many years to find the den, but I finally found it. I was surprised how many adult coyotes, were hanging around the den, that spring. Never actually got pictures of the pups. There would be four to five adults around the entrance, the times, they triggered the camera. That den had two or three entrances, within a ten ft. area.
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Old 04-20-2021, 04:05 PM   #30
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Badgers have a rounder hole and don't throw the dirt quite as far, they mound it by the opening. That looks like coyote to me also with the elongated hole.
Armadillos also have a more round hole.
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Old 04-20-2021, 04:13 PM   #31
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You up, for some noodling............. ????
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Old 04-20-2021, 04:21 PM   #32
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How wide are the actual holes? Kangaroo rats make holes like that but only a few inches wide.
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Old 04-20-2021, 04:30 PM   #33
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armadillo! got one doing the exact same thing by some of my fruit trees ... you can see him at night with the thermal ..
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Old 04-20-2021, 04:34 PM   #34
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armadillo! got one doing the exact same thing by some of my fruit trees ... you can see him at night with the thermal ..
if it was yote i'd expect tracks. to go with it .. armadillo have a tendency of brushing them off with their tail dragging
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Old 04-20-2021, 04:53 PM   #35
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Hope you get pics. Thats a lot of dirt to move
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Old 04-20-2021, 04:56 PM   #36
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I can't tell how big that hole is, but a badger crawled out of one that looked just like that on our place.
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Old 04-20-2021, 04:57 PM   #37
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Game camera time. Thinking coyote
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Old 04-20-2021, 04:57 PM   #38
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Old 04-20-2021, 05:06 PM   #39
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Old 04-20-2021, 05:16 PM   #40
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Fill em in
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Old 04-20-2021, 06:03 PM   #41
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Old 04-20-2021, 06:06 PM   #42
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Old 04-20-2021, 06:47 PM   #43
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Could be a crackhead, got holt of tha wrong stuff
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Old 04-20-2021, 06:51 PM   #44
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Old 04-20-2021, 06:56 PM   #45
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How wide are the actual holes? Kangaroo rats make holes like that but only a few inches wide.
I’d say the holes are 5 to 6 inches wide and more than double that in height. They look a little small for coyotes, but I’m no expert.

Thinking about reaching out to the wildlife biologist we’ve used in the past. Surely they will know.
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Old 04-20-2021, 06:56 PM   #46
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I'm going to guess not armadillos. Never seen them make that big of a slope into the hole. Looks K9 to me, but I'm not familiar with badger holes. I'm on the game cam train, or snares/foot traps.
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Old 04-20-2021, 07:00 PM   #47
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if it was yote i'd expect tracks. to go with it .. armadillo have a tendency of brushing them off with their tail dragging
There are some recent and fresh coyote tracks, but they don’t look as if they belong to the occupant of the den. According to the literature put out by TPW, badgers and coyotes are symbiotic hunters. The badger digs underground for gophers, moles, etc., often to see them and escape out another exit...where the coyote is patiently waiting to snatch it up. So there’s that.
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Old 04-20-2021, 07:12 PM   #48
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Can’t. They’re way too deep and appear to be rather extensive. We’re on very sandy soil—almost beach-like—and subject to some strange erosion patterns. For example, we were in one of the horse pens a few years back, and the ground gave way under someone’s foot...I mean, it really gave way! My husband grabbed a shovel to see how deep the hole was and he was able to drop an entire shovel and half his arm down the hole. I’d never seen anything like it. (We thinks ants combined with rain might have been the culprit.) so you can see my concern.

All this is to say that before we can adequately fill in these holes, we need to know how extensive each one is, so we’ll either have to use a tractor to excavate and refill them, or find another way to collapse them that won’t tear up the pasture as much as the tractor will. Until then, the cattle are being kept in another pasture.

Someone will have answers for me, I have no doubt. I just have to figure out how to connect with him or her.
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Old 04-20-2021, 07:25 PM   #49
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Armadillo. Speaking from experience.
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Old 04-20-2021, 07:25 PM   #50
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Prob Gar Guy and Johnnie look-n for artifacts. And forgot to fill in the holes. I'll send-em a PM and let-em know.


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