Badgers can predate hedgehogs, as they are one of the few animal capable of unrolling a curled hedgehog. Badgers and hedgehogs  share the same primary food source: beetles and other invertebrates, meaning that in areas where both species are present, there is increased competition for food.  However, available evidence does NOT suggest that badgers are a significant driver of hedgehog decline. Hedgehogs actively avoid badger-populated areas, and hedgehogs are declining in both rural areas  and urban areas, where badgers are less common.  Places with suitable habitat and plenty of available food can and do support stable populations of both hedgehogs and badgers.

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