Well...I've never met an American badger, but I can tell that the one we have in the Nordics is also definitely not a cuddly animal... Since they are known to bite until they hear bones breaking, some people had the habbit of putting coal in their boots when hunting etc. If you're unlucky enough to hit one with your car, I'd strongly advise to keep away from the hurt animal...it's absolutely no fun!
Well, a wildcat isn't a cuddly animal, either. Practically no wild animals are cuddly; if you hit one with your car, and it's reasonably big and has sharp teeth, exercise great caution!
A pet, however, is generally going to be something raised with humans from a young age. This is where, without any selective breeding, inherent temperament comes in. I think European badgers can become reasonably docile if socialised when very young, whereas American badgers (and wildcats, for that matter) always tend to be very highly-strung and bitey.
Unfortunately, Octavi, your link doesn't work for me, but I was curious about it... Here's a new link about Pres. Teddy Roosevelt's badger :
Unfortunately, Octavi, your link doesn't work for me, but I was curious about it...
So here's a new link about Pres. Teddy Roosevelt's badger : https://lisawallerrogers.com/2009/05/14/teddy-roosevelts-badger/