Coyote and badger hunt as a team

Coyotes and badgers sometimes hunt together as a team.

When the coyote chases a ground squirrel, the squirrel will take refuge in a burrow.  When the badger digs a ground squirrel out of a burrow, the squirrel will emerge from a different hole and run away.

Teaming up, the coyote and badger catch more prey than they could hunting apart.

The Hopi and Navajo have stories about the tricky coyote and stolid badger working together.  I myself never knew about this until I saw these videos on kottke.org.

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2 Responses to “Coyote and badger hunt as a team”

  1. thetinfoilhatsociety Says:

    Not so rare as you might think. They are known to share burrows too and care for each other’s young. Their skulls look remarkably similar, the only difference being number of teeth in The lower jaw.

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  2. Fred (Au Natural) Says:

    I saw a video about a hyena and an African spotted dog hunting together. They brought down some game that neither could have done alone. Hyena’s friends showed up before the dog could eat much and it had to split.

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