Spanish Fork police capture, release badger found in neighborhood

Posted at 4:53 PM, Aug 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-11 18:53:35-04

SPANISH FORK, Utah — Animal Control and Police in Spanish Fork responded to a call about a badger wandering around a neighborhood, and after catching the creature they posted a video of the animal’s release.

Police received a call Thursday about a stray badger in a neighborhood located near a river bottom popular with wildlife.

While badgers normally avoid humans, this one had begun wandering around town, prompting concerns from citizens and potentially endangering the badger. Police and animal control captured the animal, and at the request of the Division of Wildlife Resources they released the animal several miles up a lcoal canyon.

Police note that Badgers are a federally protected species and should not be hunted, harmed or killed. Police say they are happy to assist residents with any and all animal concerns.