|Coyote and badger at Black-footed Ferret Conservation Center |
in northern Colorado. Kimberly Fraser, USFWS
Each partner in this unlikely duo brings a skill the other one lacks. Together they are both faster and better diggers than the burrowing rodents they hunt.Meanwhile, here in southern Colorado, I was talking this afternoon with a Colorado Parks and Wildlife employee who lives on the prairie west of Pueblo.
These partnerships tend to emerge during the warmer months. In the winter, the badger can dig up hibernating prey as it sleeps in its burrow. It has no need for the fleet-footed coyote.
She said that she had seen from her house a coyote, a badger, and a harrier (hawk) apparently working together.
Domestic falconers team hawks with dogs, so why not in the wild? Probably that is where the idea came from.