American Badger (Taxidea taxus). These cute critters prefer dry, open grasslands and fields but range throughout California from the coast, mountains and deserts. They are solitary, most active at night and spend most of the day in burrows that they dig with their with their strong forelimbs. Living underground during the day allows them to avoid the heat of the day and gives them plenty of time to hunt at night. These cute carnivores feed mostly on small mammals such as marmots, squirrels, moles, rats and mice in addition to insects and birds. In California they have been designated as a California species of special concern by the Department of Fish and Game.