Threats to badgers include conversion of grasslands to development and intensive agriculture, forest encroachment into grasslands as a result of fire suppression, persecution of their prey animals, death from vehicle collisions, and deliberate shooting or poisoning. Vehicle deaths are especially numerous, as badgers tend to hunt ground squirrels near roads. Fortunately few badgers are targeted by trappers for their fur, as there is little economic incentive.
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Yellow-bellied marmots are related to woodchucks—the low and lumbering animals we see foraging along roadsides and in suburban backyards. But yellow-bellied marmots live in more remote habitat—semi-desert, forest openings, woodlands, and alpine tundra—typically at elevations of about 2,000 feet, throughout most of the western United States and southern Canada
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