Imagine one neighborhood's shock when a wild badger showed up in a Wausau neighborhood on Monday night. Now, police are asking people in that area to be on the lookout for the loose animal.
The badger showed up around 5:45 p.m. Monday in the 900 block of S. 11th and 12th Avenues. It scampered through some residents' yards then buried itself in a bush for about an hour.
When police arrived they chased it down 11th Ave. towards Thomas St., where they eventually let it run free.
"Nobody was panicking," says Fred Jaegar, a resident of the neighborhood. "I guess we all found it deeply interesting to see what was gonna happen. Who would think that a badger would be running around here, you know?"
Even though they look cute, badgers are potentially dangerous. Many found in the wild can be rabid. Police are asking residents to keep a close eye on their children and pets.
"We are kind of on a secondary lookout now to make sure that we don't see him for several consecutive days," says Mike Adams, another resident of the neighborhood. "Because that would indicate he's doing something more in the area."
Residents don't know for sure what led the badger to their neighborhood. Some believe the construction on Thomas Ave. could have forced some of the wildlife out of that area.
In addition, police told residents it's possible the badger could be nesting in the neighborhood, so there may be some baby badgers on the way.