Badgers can indeed be kept as pets. The greatest success is had when
the badger is raised from infancy by humans. In the United States, the
legality of having a pet badger varies from locality to locality; many
urban areas have ordinances forbidding the keeping of normally-wild
animals within the city limits. Some states require a license.
"I have heard of people who have kept badgers as pets and despite
their reputation, they tend to be fairly laid back animals when hand
Post in Yahoo Zookeepers' Group
"I've heard that badgers make good pets. You have to get them early,
though. In some/most states, you'll need a permit from the USDA or
USDI. I was unable to purchase one earlier this year because I do not
have the permit yet. I've talked with a woman who compared her badgers
to dogs, and said that hers actually got along with her dogs."
Post in rec.pets newsgroup
"Positives of Badgers as pets?
As with any animal you take into your home you will have a loving
companion. When raised from a young age they can be very docile and
devoted pets. Learning first hand about an animal that usually is seen
only pictures is a most rewarding experience.
Negatives of Badgers as pets?
You will have to find a vet for them. Not all vets will treat exotics
or should we say unusual animals. They do require a little extra
effort to take care of, being as strong as they are. I would not
recommend letting them run the yard like a pet dog or cat. They can do
some extensive damage to your yard by digging and tunneling. In most
states you will have to have a license or state permit to keep them."
Cached copy: Fantasia Exotics
More on pet badgers:
As a volunteer with an animal rescue agency, I urge you to consider
becoming familiar with the ways of wild creatures before trying to
raise a wild animal as a pet. You may want to volunteer at your local
zoo or assist at a "safari" type animal preserve in your area. This
will enable you to get a close-up look at the behaviors of many
species, and evaluate the possible drawbacks that may accompany a wild
Here's an excellent article about keeping wildlife as pets. This
article is specifically oriented toward Georgia, but the first
section, "A Guide to Legal Pets," is worth reading, regardless of
where you live.
Georgia Department of Natural Resources
Google search strategy:
Google Web Search: "badgers as pets"
Google Groups Search: "badgers as pets"
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