ANTIOCH (CBS SF) – A rare badger sighting was recorded by members of an East Bay environmentalist group earlier this month as they were walking along a rural road between Antioch and Mt. Diablo.
Members of the Save Sand Creek Steering Committee were taking a hike on Nov. 8 to celebrate the passage of Measure T, a citywide ballot initiative that limits development in the Sand Creek area.READ MORE: Fire Whirls, 'Pyro' Clouds, Smoky Skies: Extreme Fire Behavior a Preview of What's to Come
As they were strolling along, they spotted a juvenile American badger, which “vanished” from the area in the 1970s but is making a comeback due to preservation efforts, according to a newsletter sent out by Save Mount Diablo Friday.
“The badger highlights the importance of preserving and protecting Mount Diablo’s lands,” according to the newsletter.READ MORE: Two Dead, Four Wounded In Downtown San Rafael Late-Night Shooting
“Each badger pair needs about 3,000 acres of land for its territory. Now that more than 120,000 acres has been preserved and is managed for wildlife in the Diablo region, badgers are continuing to return,” the newsletter says.
The badger video can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VifJ2z1AKsE&feature=youtu.be.MORE NEWS: After 5-Hour Chase in San Francisco, Dog Rescued, Restored to Owner
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