This section is from the book "The Balance Of Nature And Modern Conditions Of Cultivation", by George Abbey. Also available from Amazon: The Balance Of Nature And Modern Conditions Of Cultivation.
This mammiferous quadruped of the plantigrade tribe must be considered too uncommon to inflict serious damage upon the sportsman's or the poultry-farmer's interests. Gamekeepers and dog-fanciers, the first for the havoc it makes among young ground and winged game, and the latter for affording cruel sport, never lose opportunity of killing or capturing the badger; therefore it is not likely to become so greatly multiplied as to cause much injury to crops. Indeed, the more likely outcome of its hunting, its den being betrayed by the strong smell, is the extinction of this, on the whole, harmless creature.