The badger is Wisconsin's state animal, a ferocious fighter with 4" long claws. Still, residents respect and admire them, and keep their distance! The badger is the animal that dachshunds were bred to hunt for. 'Dachs' as in badger, and 'hund' as in hound.
The badger was designated the official state animal of Wisconsin in 1957.Wisconsin's nickname is"The Badger State"because miners dug tunnels into hillsides searching for lead in the 1800's,reminding people of badgers.Found throughout Wisconsin,badgers are short,stocky, solitary animals with long thick claws.Badgers stay hidden inside their shallow dens during the day, hunting mostly at night for small animals found in grasslands like pocket gophers, ground squirrels, rabbits,and small birds
Badger - Surrey, UK - Their lower jaws are articulated to the upper by means of transverse condyles firmly locked into long cavities of the skull, so dislocation of the jaw is all but impossible. This enables the badgers to maintain their hold with the utmost tenacity, but limits jaw movement to hinging open and shut, or sliding from side to side.