Linzey, Donald W. Wytheville Community College, Wytheville, Virginia.
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The common name for a number of carnivorous mammals in the family Mustelidae. Badgers are members of the carnivorous mammalian family Mustelidae, which also contains the weasels, otters, minks, ferrets, martens, sables, fishers, and wolverines. Badgers originated in Asia and are currently found from Ireland to Japan and the Philippines, as well as in North America. They occupy a wide range of habitats, including open plains, semidesert, and the boreal forests of Scandinavia and Russia. In parts of Russia, they occur as far north as the Arctic Circle. Worldwide, there are 13 species of badgers classified in 6 genera (see table). See also: Carnivora; Ferret; Fisher; Mammalia; Marten; Mink; Otter; Sable; Weasel; Wolverine
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