Saturday, January 19, 2013

CSI Sabino Dam IV: Ronnie's Results

Photos by  Mark Hengesbaugh

Ronnie continues: [Note that Anne reordered a few paragraphs to keep the suspense going.]

The foreclaws of a badger are very elongate, like the ones you see on the forefoot in [the photos above]. However, one species of skunk has the same characteristic foreclaws, just on a smaller body.
I don't think that is a badger burrow. That's a skunk den. Skunks dig dens into/under the ground often near other structures like bridges, culverts, river banks, tree trunks, etc.
The specimen is a skunk.
Which species of skunk? The teeth are the final clue....

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