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Aug 10, 2012 4:49 PM by Joe Bevans

Convenience store ''badgered''

SPARKS, Nev. (AP) - A badger that wandered into a retail store in northern Nevada dodged a tranquilizer dart and held authorities at bay for about an hour before the teeth-baring critter was lured into a cage with cat food. No one was hurt in the standoff at the bottled water/convenience store in a residential neighborhood in Sparks, and Nevada Department of Wildlife spokesman Chris Healy says the badger ultimately was returned to the wild north of Reno. Healy says "Apparently the door was open a bit and this badger just walked in." NDOW photos show the badger baring its teeth through the store's glass door and later at an animal control officer trying to nab it with a noose on a stick inside the store. The baited cage was brought in after the tranquilizer dart missed. Healy says "Some species we can't relocate, we have to euthanize them. But this one was determined to be OK," Healy said.

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