Identification of the Buena Vista lake site 1 "dog burial" (Canis familiaris) as a badger (Taxidea taxus).
Cook School of Intercultural Studies
In the 1930s, excavations at a site on the shore of Buena Vista Lake in the southern San Joaquin Valley recovered the remains of three animals that were described as having been deliberately buried; one was subsequently identified as being a dog (Canis familiaris). A recent examination of the "burial" has identified the skeleton as a badger (Taxidea taxus) that was probably deposited naturally rather than as a result of human activity.
Journal of California and Great Basin anthropology
Langenwalter, Paul E., "Identification of the Buena Vista lake site 1 "dog burial" (Canis familiaris) as a badger (Taxidea taxus)." (2011). Faculty Articles & Research. 211.