RSPCA Cymru is appealing for information after a badger was found trapped in a snare.
A member of the public contacted the RSPCA after they found the badger trapped in woodland off the B4233, in the Hendre area, near Monmouth.
RSPCA inspector Sophie Daniels attended the location on Saturday (17 October) where she found the young adult badger which was unable to free itself.
“The snare had been secured at low level under the fence line,” she said. “It was clearly a badger run as hair has been caught in the barbed wire of the fence along the bottom and it is illegal under the Wildlife and Countryside Act to set a snare where it can catch and injure a badger.
“The badger was extremely weak as the wire was very tight around its throat. The snare was not free running so the wire would have just continued to cut into the neck.
“He was gasping for air and the snare was just getting tighter and tighter. It was horrible.”
“The badger would really have suffered. This is just another example of how snares can really cause serious harm to wild animals.”
Sadly there there was no way of releasing him safely and he was put to sleep humanely at the scene.
The RSPCA is opposed to the manufacture, sale and use of all snares and any traps which cause suffering.
A snare is a wire noose which is attached to a stake or heavy object that acts as an anchor. They are usually set to catch foxes or rabbits, but often their victims include badgers, cats or dogs.
If you spot an animal in distress, please call the RSPCA’s 24-hour helpline on 0300 1234 999.
If you would like to help the RSPCA, you can give £3 now by texting HELP to 78866 (text costs £3 + one standard network rate message). We are a charity and rely on public donations to exist.
Information on Snares
There are some regulations governing the use of snares. It is illegal to set snares for birds, deer and badgers, though snares cannot distinguish between animals and may trap the wrong one.
The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 governs the use of snares in England and Wales and specifically:
prohibits the use of self-locking snares which, as a variation on the traditional noose, tightens with a ratchet-like mechanism;
requires that all users of snares must take all reasonable precautions to prevent injury to protected animals, but precautions provide no guarantee against such an event;
requires all users of snares to check their snares at least once a day, yet the severity of the injuries caused to many trapped animals would indicate that they are trapped for longer than this