Expansion to North: badgers reach Arctic

Expansion to North: badgers reach Arctic

March 17, 2023

Animals make holes where there is no permafrost.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYRIn the north of the Krasnoyarsk region, in the Turuhansk area, scientists from the Central Siberian Nature Reserve discovered a badger colony. But this is the limit of these animals’ northern territory.

The researchers received photos and videos, the habitat is documented. Pavel Kochkarev, the reserve director, told krsk.aif.ru about this. In addition, scientists filmed how hares, foxes, mice and even birds visited badger burrows.

According to the researcher, the permafrost in the place where the badgers were found is at a depth of one and a half meters, so the animals make holes where it does not exist, so as not to freeze, and adapt to the Arctic.

“Perhaps it has something to do with global warming. It is known that the brown bear goes far into the tundra and hunts wild reindeer there. There are cases of she-bear wintering with offspring beyond 73 degrees north latitude. This has never happened”, says Pavel Kochkarev.

Previously, the This Is Taimyr told how polar bears are learning to survive in a changing climate. We also wrote about the hybrid of the polar and brown bears.

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Text: Anzhelika Stepanova, Photo: Nikolay Shchipko

March 17, 2023

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