what to do about badgers

  sunnystaines 07:53 12 May 2013

one sniffs around the garden caused no problem.

should it be discouraged, done a google but its all about feeding them with water and cat food.

Do they spread disease and cause damage? or should i just leave alone

  Quickbeam 07:59 12 May 2013

Leave them be, the badgers lot is a hard lot.

They've get even more discriminated against in this country than foxes that at least get temporary protection from land owners to maintain hunting stocks for the days when they deem them to be menace to farming.

  Ex plorer 10:31 12 May 2013
  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 10:38 12 May 2013

Badgers are protected by law and should be left alone

disease - thought to spread TB in cattle that's why they are persecuted by farmers

damage - may dig up a bit of your garden in search for roots and grubs but well worth that hassle just to be able to see such an elusive creature, in my opinion.

  carver 10:44 12 May 2013

If you have the pleasure of them in your garden then just enjoy them, they come into ours nearly every night and caused no problem, as fruit bat has pointed out they have been accused of spreading TB so best not to kiss them.

  Quickbeam 10:46 12 May 2013

You can read about badgers and bovine TB until you pop your clogs, but you still won't find a proved link on it.

The debate on badgers spreading bovine TB is very much between believers Vs non-believers.

And the cattle can be inoculated.

  woody 11:25 12 May 2013

They are great creatures - fun to watch. Put food down and "MOM" will bring her family. DO NOT TELL PEOPLE YOU HAVE THEM. There are a lot of very nasty people about.

  Aitchbee 11:34 12 May 2013

Once upon a time, on one of his adventures, Old Tom Bombadil was dragged down a hole in the ground when he was sheltering from the stormy rain one day. Mr & Mrs Badger-Brock asked him why he had burst into their front door. Old Tom managed to get back out again through their back door, with upsettin' 'em too much, and they all went back to sleep.

  Aitchbee 11:40 12 May 2013

with = without

  Quickbeam 11:48 12 May 2013

Tom Bombadil wasn't a badger. I think your mistaking the Old Forest where he lived with Nutwood where Bill the Badger lived...

  Aitchbee 12:12 12 May 2013

No; Mr Tolkien [himself] was readin' it on/from one of his audiobook tapes.

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