The American badger is classified as Sensitive in the current General Status of Alberta Wild Species report. See:
Also see the Status of the American badger in Alberta report at:
In a subsequent detailed status assessment, Alberta's Endangered Species Conservation Committee identified the American
badger as a Species of Special Concern—a species that without human intervention may soon become threatened with extinction.
See information on the Endangered Species Conservation Committee and Species of Special Concern at:
- The species is dependent on fluctuating ground squirrel populations and may be declining in some areas of the province.
- Agricultural activities have probably encroached on badger habitat.
- Badgers are trapped, shot and poisoned by humans because their diggings are thought to:
- Cause broken legs in livestock
- Lead to water loss from irrigation canals
- Cause damage to vehicles encountering their burrows
- Cause damage in cemeteries when excavating into graves
The American badger may be hunted, but not trapped, without a licence throughout the province, at all times of the year.
See details in the Alberta Guide to Hunting Regulations. To view the guide online or to order a printed copy, visit
the My Wild Alberta website at:
Specific season information is provided in the current Alberta Guide to Hunting Regulations. To view the guide
online or to order a printed copy, visit the My Wild Alberta website at: