MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WTAQ) - Most Wisconsinites have never seen a badger for real. But the state’s official animal made a surprise appearance Tuesday at the downtown Milwaukee post office.
Employees were returning from a meal break about 5 a.m. when the furry striped badger ran into an open garage in a vehicle maintenance facility. It wandered around before it settled under a locker. The workers called the state DNR, and they shooed the badger out of the building before it ran off.
Warden Nick Blankenheim said the animal growled and hissed when he tried to chase it out. He and a postal worker eventually used a shovel and a broom to get the badger to move. Blankenheim had no idea how or why it got there.
UW-Milwaukee student Alex Block filmed the badger as it ran out of the post office, and it’s on YouTube. Badgers often come out at night – and they hide in their holes during the day.
Last month, UWM assistant biology professor Emily Latch announced a genetics project to determine how many badgers are in Wisconsin, and their overall health. Latch said she was thrilled to hear about the Milwaukee badger, and will try to learn more about it.