Badgers belong to the Mustelid family and so are closely related to stoats, weasels, polecats and otters. These animals share similar traits, such as being short and squat, with low slung bodies and the ability to scent mark. The badger ranges throughout the UK, across Europe and into the Middle-East, with slight changes in diet and behaviour with the differing climates. A male badger is called a boar and a female a sow. Badgers have inhabited the UK for hundreds of thousands of years, coming and going with the ice ages.