- Associated Press - Saturday, March 26, 2016

CHICAGO (AP) - Wildlife biologists in northeastern Illinois have surgically implanted a transmitter in a badger and are hoping their monitoring work will produce a wealth of information on the behavior of the animals in urban settings.

Chris Anchor is a senior wildlife biologist with the Forest Preserves of Cook County. He says badgers are a “very under-studied animal.”

He says because they’re apex predators, badgers encounter many other types of animals, and studying them up close gives researchers a good look at an entire habitat.

The research is being conducted together with the Chicago Zoological Society. Its ultimate aim is to improve restoration efforts and biodiversity.

Veterinarian Jennifer Langan of the zoological society says researchers were fortunate to catch the badger. She says they are rarely handled or even seen in Illinois.

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