Distribution of badgers in Copenhagen area
Volume 41, Issue 3
Past and present distribution of badgers in the Copenhagen area.
Two surveys of badgers Meles meles in the Copenhagen area, one in 1973–1975
and one in 1983–1985, are presented. The data suggest a 33% decrease in the
number of badgers in that 10-year period. Possible reasons for this drop in
population size are discussed. Human disturbance seems to play a major role and
depletion of habitat only a minor role. The Danish game bag records demonstrate
a halving of the number of badgers shot during the last 30 years. Among other
things, this probably reflects some decline of the badger population also
outside the metropolitan area. It is suggested that the causes for the decline
observed within the Copenhagen area might well be contributing to a decline in
badgers in the rest of the country.