Video captures a coyote and a badger hunting together under cover of night

Posted at 11:03 AM, Feb 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-05 13:30:05-05

Newly released video shows a unique pair of friends -- a coyote and a badger -- hunting together in the middle of the night in California. Researchers with the non-profit Peninsula Open Space Trust were studying how animals travel at night when they came across the unusual encounter in the Coyote Valley near San Jose.

The researchers set up 50-remote sensor cameras and one of them caught the badger and coyote using a culvert to travel underneath a highway near the Southern Santa Cruz Mountains, according to Open Space Trust.

As the animals are about to walk through it, the coyote suddenly stops, hops and wags its tail excitedly as the badger slowly catches up. It's the first time this behavior has been caught on camera in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Peninsula Open Space Trust Wildlife Linkages manager Neal Sharma told CBS San Francisco that coyotes and badgers are known to team up and hunt together.

Video captures a coyote and a badger hunting together