I checked this badger den for the better part of two weeks in May of 2009. For a couple of days one of the cubs was often seen with this bit of fur or skin in its mouth. I don’t think I ever saw them more than about 10 feet from the mouth of the den. Yet, a coyote managed to capture and kill one of the cubs. I don’t think they had learned to fear anything up to that point. Some of life’s lessons come at a steep price.