is called "the Badger State." The old story
goes that miners of the lead region in the 1820s and
1830s became known as "badgers" because they
lived and mined in crude hillside dugouts that resembled
the habitat of actual badgers. Whether that is true
or not, the nickname stuck.
University of Wisconsin in Madison began to use the
badger name in the 1880s. By 1949 the University adopted
an upright, barrel-chested mascot named Bucky who
since has become the most famous badger of all.